Chris Juby

Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less.

I summarised the Bible on Twitter between Aug 2010 and Nov 2013 - one tweet per chapter, one chapter per day.

The @biblesummary account peaked at over 30,000 followers, and was featured in the news all over the world.

Find out about the project here, or feel free to get in contact.

The Twible book

The Twible

There aren't many other people who know what it's like to summarise the Bible on Twitter, but Jana Riess is one.

Jana completed her #Twible project a few months before I finished Bible Summary, and she has recently released a compilation book. I was excited to receive a copy earlier in the week.

By definite contrast to my own attempt at neutrality, the Twible strikes a sassy, humourous path through Scripture. The take on each chapter is "What would the Onion say?"

Perhaps you're wondering where the humour is in, say, Isaiah 53? As it turns out, Jana finds a pretty good angle. And across the chapters it's striking how often humour feels like a very appropriate response. The Twible version of Song of Songs is wonderful. And I've always felt that much of Ezekiel is a matter of laugh or cry.

The Twible is certainly funny, but it's also characterised by genuine devotion. (Read the Twible response to Matthew 27 if you're not convinced.) Jana mentions in her introduction that she started the project because she felt unfamiliar with a number of sections of Scripture, and there's a sense of unvarnished discovery as the book unfolds.

I've always enjoyed the counterpoint between the Twible and Bible Summary. I particularly recommend the Twible in that light. It's an honest, refreshing and often hilarious take on Scripture. The book offers the full set of Twible summaries plus a host of cartoons and side notes. It's a great package.

Here's The Twible on Amazon.

And as a bonus - next week I'll begin posting a series of interviews with a few us who have completed a summary of the Bible on Twitter. I think I'll kick off with Jana, then Kent and Nathaniel from @140Bible, and finally my own answers. Stay tuned...

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