I blogged about The Bible Project back in 2015, as we were very impressed by the animated videos of visual storytelling they produced, that presented a very theologically sound encapsulation of the most important points of each book of the bible.
One of the most important aspects of understanding the Bible, is understanding that it is made of up many genres. Proper comprehension and interpretation requires proper appreciation of the literary genre, and the context of each book, not to mention each verse.
As stated on its website, this video on the book of Romans breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the first of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Romans, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
Beyond the gorgeous artwork, is how helpful a resource this is, not only to the average Joe who is trying to read through the Bible, but also as a resource for Sunday Schools and bible study groups.
Here’s more about them from their website:
The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. We create videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story.
The Bible is a divine-human book that speaks God’s word to his people. We believe it ultimately points us to Jesus, who has the power to change individuals and whole communities when we let the biblical story speak for itself.
We focus on the Bible’s overarching themes and each book’s literary design and are committed to understanding the Bible in its historical context.
For so many, the Bible is used as a devotional grab bag. For others, it is an instructional manual that fell out of the sky. And sadly, for many more, it is an oppressive book of out-dated rules used to control people.
Timothy Mackie and Jonathan Collins (long-time friends and one-time roommates at Multnomah Bible College) were tossing around ideas on how to help people read through Scripture while avoiding these common pitfalls and misunderstandings. How could complex themes of the Bible be presented in a way that was real and unapologetic, but approachable?
Today all of our videos are viewable on our YouTube channel where we have accrued over 30 million views across 229 countries, and have over half a million subscribers. This is a collaborative, community-oriented endeavor, that has relied on crowdfunding from the beginning.
Our family has been supporting The Bible Project in a small way with a monthly donation for the past few years. Recently, The Bible Project produced this amazing book. And they generously sent their supporters a free copy each, regardless of where they live! So our copy traversed many, many miles and we felt very blessed when we received it.
How gorgeous is this endpaper (below)!
This will be treasured in our family for a long, long time.
It’s not available for sale yet, but will be when its second production run in completed. For now, you can purchase huge posters of each book’s artwork from their shop.