Holy Bible: Mosaic and the blog tour winner today

Congratulations to Mr. Juan Martinez who is the winner of the Holy Bible: Mosaic contest on New Epistles .  I will be mailing out to you a certificate for a copy of the Holy Bible: Mosaic redeemable at your local Christian bookstore, compliments of Tyndale Publishing House.   Mr. Juan Martinez asked a great question: “When I have read previous books with historic Christian artwork, I have been puzzled to find inappropriate artwork such as demonic beings or undressed angels and ugly pictures of Jesus. Is this found frequently inside the Mosaic?”  Well Juan, I checked and didn’t see any demonic pictures of Jesus–nothing even close to being inappropriate, in my opinion. They are mostly very beautiful and colorful.


I also have several other questions  regarding the Holy Bible: Mosaic that I hope can be answered by someone from Tyndale or one of the contributors.  My originally assigned guest on this blog tour was not able to answer my questions because they were more of an insider’s editorial type of question.  So I’ll leave this up to someone from Tyndale.

Question #1: The Holy Bible: Mosaic includes a one-year lectionary of readings that follow this church-year.  Throughout history, there have been one-year lectionaries developed by Catholics, including adaptations by Anglicans and Lutherans (i.e., Revised Common Lectionary).  Was this lectionary one of the historic one-year lectionaries, or if it this lectionary of readings was designed by Creedo Communications, who are the developers of this bible?

Question #2:  I find some of these themes very good—some more challenging than others (e.g., mastering virtues; God in community; global church community; fasting; wealth; possessions; authenticity; blame; service; diversity; righteous judgment).  How were these themes chosen?  By the editors or by the contributor?

Question #3:  It was mentioned that the contributors were from a diverse background.  This is another reason why it is called the Holy Bible: Mosaic.  How many countries and cultures are the contributors from?

Question #4:  The artwork is one of the best features of this bible.  It reminds me of some of those older bibles with artwork depicting biblical stories.  They range from ancient to modern-contemporary.  How did the artwork get picked for the Mosaic bible?

2 thoughts on “Holy Bible: Mosaic and the blog tour winner today

  1. Great questions, Kevin. First let me apologize for not getting to them sooner. I’ve allowed myself to get very behind on this blog tour, and I’m sorry that I wasn’t here to comment on and promote your post on the assigned day. Now to the questions!

    1. The assigned readings in Mosaic don’t follow any lectionary precisely, and that was an intentional decision. Mosaic isn’t supposed to be locked into a particular tradition, but rather draws from multiple strands of tradition in an attempt to showcase how God works in and through his people to create a “mosaic” of faith. Using the church calendar as an organizing principle is an important part of the mosaic, but to choose a specific lectionary to follow would have potentially pigeon-holed the Bible as a “Lutheran” Bible, etc. So I, as the general editor, built the readings, drawing from the Revised Common Lectionary (all three years) and the Book of Common Prayer, creating a unique reading system that draws from multiple traditions.

    2. I believe it was a mixture of both. As I understand it, contributors were given a range of options to choose from for themes, and they wrote something that would be seasonally appropriate. The titles for each week were settled on later, subject to editorial review. In fact, when I received the complete manuscript for all 53 weeks, I did a bit of moving weeks around to ensure that every week (especially in Advent, Christmas, Easter, and Lent) was seasonally appropriate. David Sanford and his team at Credo were responsible for gathering the content from contributors, and they did a great job at providing a mixture of challenging, engaging content.

    3. I’m not even sure how to calculate the number of cultures represented, but we were very careful to ensure that every continent and every century was represented. Africa, Asia, South America, Central America, Caribbean, Pacific Islands, Australia, and the Middle East are all represented (in addition to the obvious North American and European contributions).

    4. The artwork was a particular challenge. Some of it came from the contributors and the team at Credo, but we really wanted the art to be special, and so we all worked very hard to find the best art possible for each week. Sometimes, we found just the right piece, but we weren’t able to get rights for one rea$on or another. Sometimes, we had the rights to a beautiful piece of art that worked perfectly for a given week, but we weren’t able to get an electronic file that was suitable for publication. In the end, after extensive (and intense) work for a few weeks, we found all the pieces that were ultimately included. I’m quite happy with it.

    Any more questions?


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