You can add “create a translation/paraphrase of the Bible based on emojis” to the list of things people will do to get millennials back into churches.
Using the King James Version as a reference, the creators of the Emoji Bible replace keywords or phrases with emojis, hoping to convey the truths of Scripture in a new light.
For example, Genesis 1:1 reads, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”In emojis, that looks something like, “In the beginning ? created the ? and the ?.”
The author of the translation is unknown, choosing to be known by the emoji with the sunglasses. But they told Christian Today that the goal of creating the emoji translation was to make the Bible more approachable.
“What’s amazing about emojis, and what’s made them so successful, is that they’re language-agnostic—they allow you to convey an idea to anyone, regardless of what language they speak. A major goal of this whole process was to take a book that I think is very non-approachable to lay readers and try to make it more approachable by removing a lot of its density.”
The Emoji Bible is on iTunes for download. Reviews on iTunes, and across social media, have been mixed.
So the Emoji Bible is a real thing…I’m ? and ? at the same time pic.twitter.com/AR0k5fVX1p
—sammy (@srkalski) May 26, 2016
Hallelujah! Emoji Bible brings Christianity into the digital age—The Memo https://t.co/BJ3iEKhYjZ
—Christianity new (@Christianitynew) May 25, 2016
Ah…Dear Millennials, please insist on using WORDS to translate the Bible, not emoji. Please. It’s important. @BibleEmoji
—Albert Mohler (@albertmohler) June 1, 2016
—LC (@LingualC) June 2, 2016
They have translated the whole Bible, retaining 85-90 percent of the original text. You can visit bibleemoji.com to see what other people are saying about the experiment and put in a verse to see the emoji equivalent.