The Bible is a YouTube sensation
‘We want to change how people read and use the Bible’
Ever wondered how the book of Esther fits into the whole story of the Bible? Or what about Revelation and all its “crazy” visions? Well, wonder no longer! The Bible Project is here to help.
The Bible Project is the creation of Tim Mackie and Jon Collins – friends who met at a Bible College in Portland, Oregon. Together with a team of illustrators and theologians, they produce short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere.
“We want to change how people read and use the Bible,” Mackie and Collins explain at their website. “For some, the Bible is used as a devotional grab bag. For others it is an instructional manual that fell out of the sky. And for many, it is an oppressive book of out-dated rules used to control people.
“When we let the biblical story speak for itself, we believe it has immense wisdom to offer the modern world.” – The Bible Project
“We believe that the Bible is a divine-human book that speaks God’s word to his people. We think it points people to Jesus, who has power to change individuals and whole communities. When we let the biblical story speak for itself, we believe it has immense wisdom to offer the modern world.”
Since they published their first two videos in 2014, The Bible Project’s YouTube channel has garnered almost 500,000 subscribers. Their videos have been watched a staggering 28 million times.
And now, they are branching out into the world of print.
The Bible Project is building on one of its videos – Read Scripture – which summarises every biblical book with an illustrated diagram. The diagram traces the structure and themes of the book and how that book fits into the entire biblical narrative.
The Bible Project is crowdfunding to produce a book that includes a print version of each illustrated summary.
“This coffee table book is the collection of every diagram in the Read Scripture series, alongside short, written summaries of that book,” explains The Bible Project team.
The Kickstarter campaign has already exceeded its goal of raising $100,000. Find out more here.
Watch an introduction to the Read Scripture series: