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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Teen Bible

Ah, my article on the infamous Teen Bible - 'OH-MY-GOD It's So the Teen Bible' - is available on the SBL Forum. I've got to say I enjoyed writing this one. And that Teen Bible is entertaining in a perverse kind of way.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Jim said...

I enjoyed your essay tremendously. Scandalously funny.

December 21, 2006

 
Blogger James Crossley said...

Thanks Jim, but I an't help but think the Teen Bible wrote all the comedy.

December 21, 2006

 
Blogger Chris Weimer said...

You are so not hip. :P

December 21, 2006

 
Blogger steph said...

Oh my god: Zondervan will so make alot of born again christian teens, not.

December 21, 2006

 
Anonymous Christopher Shell said...

The radical and pure combination is the best both/and in the business, and also (obviously) that most in line with those individuals and societies that have through the ages been most to be admired. So far so good.

But I wonder why some of these bibles in their rush to make themselves look exactly like teen mags don't seem to see the incompatibility of text and packaging. Just try putting teen-mag panels in Leviticus.

The emphasis on sexual purity is the result of the agenda already set by the sexual world. If they played ostrich they would get criticised for that as well so they can't win. Increasing economic prosperity means the ever-increasing chance to live a maximally desirable lifestyle, which among other things means maximising potential sexual partners by (as Song of Songs puts it) awakening their love before it so desires.

But it can only be lack of imagination or cultural solipsism that sees all this as strange. Is it me, or hasn't pre-marital virginity been (internationally speaking) the norm & default in a high proportion of societies, or at least civilised societies?

December 22, 2006

 
Blogger J. B. Hood said...

Um...yeah. But you are way too into girl magz, James--and I'm not talking porno. I was a teacher recently, pretty hip, and couldn't name half of these!

Maybe you can do an SBL session on religion in girlz (as opposed to girlie) magazines/religious responses to the same?

December 22, 2006

 
Blogger John Lyons said...

James, I am not an American as you know, but I’ll risk clarifying the 0 for 0 comment for you. American sports often use 0 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses, to indicate a teams progress. So I guess 0 for 0 means that you haven’t played yet J. Incidentally one of the best laughs I have had during a film was during Clint Eastwood’s Heartbreak Ridge. The US marines’ score is given as 0, 1, 1. 0 wins, 1 draw (the Koran War), and 1 loss (Vietnam). When Grenada is invaded at the end of the film, the score becomes 1 win, 1 draw, 1 loss. Don’t you just love it!

December 22, 2006

 
Blogger James Crossley said...

Chris, are you accusing me of NOT being down with the kidz? ;-)

Christopher, the points you raise are certainly interesting. I have no idea about the history of virginity before marriage though I can imagine one or two managed it and it might also depend on defnitions of marriage.

On purity and the modern world, I agree, to an extent, though the Teen Bible toes contribute to creating problems too. What I also tried to look at was the way in which Teen Bible takes on an not-so-healthy agenda for teen girls and almost forces the issue on them, in the same way we find with the unpleasant 'secular' teen magazines.

And you don't even want to look at the Leviticus section in Teen Bible...

Jason, that was the comment I was dreading most. I think I deserve an award or somethign for researching beyond the call of duty. Imagine trying to tell people you were looking at those things.

John, thanks for the explanation. But what is most impressive about your explanation is that you do it with reference to Heartbreak Ridge. That film must rank high in the bad-films-that-are-bad charts.

Can any Americans confirm John's explanation?

December 22, 2006

 
Blogger John Lyons said...

For Koran war, read Korean war. What was I thinking !?!

December 22, 2006

 
Blogger James Crossley said...

And I meant to say bad-films-that-are-good. So I guess were are 1 for 1, right?

December 22, 2006

 
Blogger J. B. Hood said...

Sorry, 0 for 1 etc. comes from baseball/basketball. Has to do with number of attempts to hits/baskets. So you might say Albert Pujols (Puerto Rican superstar) went 3 for 5 in last night's game...five attempts, three hits.

John is correct on win/loss/draw, but that's not the source of "0 for" language. I guess the chick is "0 for 1" in finding true love, getting laid, or what have you.

And James, you guys are both "0 for 1" on that. But "1 for 2" since you took your second chance and got it straight. Well done.

December 23, 2006

 
Blogger John Lyons said...

Well, I did say it was a risk, me filling you in on an obvious Americanism, James! Thanks for the correction, J.B.. Now, James, both of us know what it really means. Not haven’t played yet, but haven’t thrown yet :) At least it was still sporty. And it did get Heartbreak Ridge an honourable mention. Best wishes for the season, guys.

December 23, 2006

 
Anonymous Christopher Shell said...

Lol - actually I agree that letting sexual issues dominate the agenda in the first place contributes to the problem not to the solution.

I do like the radical-pure combination though. Imagine you are a teen - anyone who combined radicality with purity, or even comparative purity, would be a stand-out - and in a good way. If teey are saying 'Let's take this generation' that is great and zillions of times better than lying cooped up in a room playing computer games. One can't learn to think at all without facing the possibility that you may conclude that it is necessary to be counter-cultural.

December 23, 2006

 
Blogger Chris Weimer said...

James,

I'm a bit closer in age than you (and perhaps than all of you), and trust you me, you are not "in". Nor am I, for that matter, my knowledge of the lyrics to "Fergilicious" notwithstanding. ;)

It's the curse of age, amice.

Chris

December 26, 2006

 
Blogger TOR Hershman said...

My lill' film
"The Origin Of Jesus Christ" - @ YouTube -
View part one at this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzY2bVsZK5s
and the conclusion at this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sckuqPulRGk

YouTube’s most SHOCKINGINGLY ASTONUNDING video of this or any year, or not.

Ya see, there ain't any money in truth.

January 02, 2007

 
Anonymous Sam Stringer said...

Thanx James, gave me a good laugh, obvioiusly i'm not going to agree on all your points 100%, but i do think this stuff is truly shocking!! But whatever anyone says, it'll make money, so the publishers i guess are just gonna be so like "yah, woteva"

(You can tell you guys aren't with it, coz u use the word hip)

January 03, 2007

 
Blogger James Crossley said...

Hello there Sam! Sadly, I think you are probably right.

January 04, 2007

 

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