Southern Religion

‘The trouble with Twibles’ and writing one


Bible up, Star Trek fans. It’s twitterature time. Or twitlit, if for your 140-character tweets you prefer the shorter term.

Jana Riess (@janariess) is writing a twitter bible, she explains on her blog, by “tweeting out a chapter of the Bible every morning:”

This is for a humor book I’m writing, tentatively called The Twible: All the Chapters of the Bible in 140 Characters or Less (Now with Snarky Commentary!).

She’s on Exodus as this is written. For example:

#Twible Ex 11: Phar, don’t say you weren’t warned. 1st born sons in Egt’ll be toast unless you FINALLY give up. Which (spoiler!) you won’t.

#Twible Ex 10: Locusts, then 3 days of darkness. G tells Mos He’s made Phar obstinate so there’ll be a better story for the grandkids later.

#Twible Ex 9: Pestilence, boils & hail. G not playing around w wee gnats anymore. But why does G harden Phar’s heart? Why not end it now?

Her background:

Jana Riess was the Religion Book Review Editor for Publishers Weekly from 1999 to 2008. She is now an acquisitions editor with Westminster John Knox Press, as well as a freelance writer and editor. She holds degrees in religion from Wellesley College and Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in American religious history from Columbia University. … She is the author or co-author of six books, and a regular contributor to She lives in Cincinnati, which is the most underrated city in America.

At her current pace, she expects the project to take perhaps three years, “unless the Good Lord strikes me down first.”

We hope He doesn’t.

[H/T: Faith & Reason]


December 4, 2009 - Posted by | Book Review, WWW | , , ,

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