-Review by Scott Asher of AshertopiA.
As the culture moves away from modernism, simply understood as a way of understanding what we know based upon logic and “factual” foundations, to post-modernism, simply understood as understanding what we know based upon our perceptions and worldviews and not on foundationalism
, the church has likewise moved away from foundationalism
or modernism. Questions are being asked about why we believe what we do and how do we know what we believe is right. A key theme has emerged in this rapidly becoming post-modern society of rejecting the recent period of foundationalism
from the Enlightenment till today. We understand that the world cannot be completely black and white based simply on what those before us believed. We want to know for ourselves.
As the society and the church move away from the last few centuries of so-called logic, rejecting much of the last several centuries’ worldviews, we have become interested in the ancient past and the non-westernized cultures for our roots. So while some in the post-modern church question the last several hundred years of Western scholarship we at the same time are hungry for what the original Christians believed and understood. We search for ties to the universal church and the roots of our faith.
Mosaic Holy Bible by Tyndale helps the reader connect.
The second half of the Bible is simply the New Living Translation but the real focus of this book is the first half. There we find a weekly devotional unique in its breadth and scope. Each week includes scripture reading, meditations and quotes by historic Christians – both ancient and modern, foreign and Western, as well as works of art, and empty space for notes. The weeks follow the liturgical calendar tying the reader further to the roots of Christianity.
The Bible is beautiful. Artwork is produced in vivid colors and clarity. The first section with the devotional is printed on sturdy paper allowing for note taking, while the back section is standard Bible paper. The Bible is hard bound. All together a very nice package.
I enjoyed skimming the artwork and the poetry. Seeing depictions of Biblical stories by Africans, Asians and Latin Americans served to bring home that our Church is bigger than we recognize. Quotes from modern writers like Mark Drischoll and J.I. Packer find a home along side John Wesley, Ignatius of Antioch, and Gregory the Great. We find contributions from Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist, Calvinist and more. The quotes and meditations were amazingly deep and varied.
The only thing I found myself wishing for was more. Reading one weekly devotion in 20 minutes left me wondering why there wasn’t a daily suggestion instead of a block of info that the reader decides when to read during the week. Needless to say, I found myself ranging far ahead of the week I was supposed to be in.
I very much enjoyed this Bible. I believe it serves as a precious reminder of how big the Church is. It is thousands of years and thousands of miles wide. I highly recommend Mosaic Holy Bible to you.
This Bible was provided free of charge by the publisher as a review copy. The publisher had no editorial rights or claims over the content or the conclusions made in this review. Visit Tyndale.com for more information on this book.