Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, for at last, all 66 books of the King James Version of the bible have been translated into emojis. Which philosopher was it who said that the dumbest ideas are also the most inevitable? I think maybe Kanye? Anyway:
Bible Emoji: Scripture 4 Millenials was released Sunday to near universal head-shaking, though of course the only real surprise is that it’s taken this long.
Or has it? A Kickstarter for an emoji bible was launched in 2014, though it’s unclear whether it’s related to the version currently available. The earlier attempt was made by Kamran Kastle; the one you just paid $2.99 to download from iTunes was authored by someone known only as “😎.”
The book is not the product of painstaking word-for-emoji translation, but a program that paired 80 emoji icons with 200 corresponding words, its creator told The Memo. 😎 anticipates that this new, hip bible (now with 15 percent fewer words) might finally be the ticket to luring the heathen tweens to God:
“What’s made [emojis] so successful, is that they’re language-agnostic — they allow you to convey an idea to anyone, regardless of what language they speak.”
😎 hopes that using emoji will open the Bible up to wider audiences, and hope it will be in the top 5 or 10 books when you type in “Bible” in the iBooks store.
The church itself has a rich history of hilarious reinvention tactics designed to make its message more palatable. This might not even be the worst one.
Image via Bible Emoji.