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Introducing the Forever Bible: A holy book that lasts (+video)

Compiled by Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News National Edition

Published: Mon, Aug. 11 4:35 a.m. MDT

 The Forever Bible is completely stain proof, water proof, and enables readers to keep their bible, well, forever.

The Forever Bible is completely stain proof, water proof, and enables readers to keep their bible, well, forever.

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Bibles come in all shapes and sizes, from a pocket-sized print edition to the digitized version available for iPhones.

And a new Kickstarter campaign is forging another dimension for the Good Book, promising to make it as indestructible as it is integral to Christian practice around the world.

The Forever Bible Kickstarter campaign from Forever Publishing advertises "a Bible that literally walks on water," a play on biblical accounts of Jesus Christ to describe the book's ability to float.

And Forever Bible's distinguishing characteristics don't stop there. The campaign uses the term "Space Age nanotechnology" to describe page material that's 24 times stronger than paper, waterproof, tear proof, dirt proof and all together life proof.

"A demonstration of the Forever Bible's capabilities shows ketchup, jelly, chocolate syrup, coffee dirt and more being dumped onto the Bible's pages, and easily sprayed off with a water hose. Notes written with ink pen in the Bible's margins and highlighted passages remain intact," Christianity Today reported.

Forever Publishing founder Jared Casey told The Christian Post that the company had already received over 1,000 advance orders for Forever Bibles. Interested shoppers can order "Running with God," "Missionary Leather" or "U.S. Military" editions in English Standard, New International or King James translations.

The Forever Bible campaign has been successful in the first half of its 40-day fundraiser, but some people feel it should never have been allowed on Kickstarter.

The Christian Post cited online comments that complained that Kickstarter is meant for new projects, not established brands seeking a boost in sales.

The article also noted that Forever Bible isn't as revolutionary as it claims because Bardin & Marsee Publishing already has a waterproof Bible on the market.

A FaithStreet blog noted that more durable Bibles should do well in the market. "(Most) Bibles, perhaps because they're produced in such epic quantities, tend to be printed on the cheapest possible materials — cardboard jackets, with the thinnest cellulose on Earth. It doesn't take much to tear or damage one, and what Christian wouldn't feel bad about that?"

Forever Bible has already surpassed its goal of $30,000, but the project has a long way to go before it matches this summer's other biblical Kickstarter success. Bibliotheca, a plan to make the Bible look more like a work of literature than a number-ridden reference book, raised over $1 million by the time its campaign ended on July 27.

Email: kdallas@deseretnews.com Twitter: @kelsey_dallas

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1. Ranch
Here, UT,
Aug. 11, 2014

Nano particles are environmentally unsafe; so now the Bible is going to be environmentally unfriendly?

2. Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT,
Aug. 11, 2014

Ranch, All I know about nano technology is what I see in scifi. I would like to know what makes them environmentally unsafe? BTW this is not to be argumentative, just a request for information.

3. Back Talk
Federal Way, WA,
Aug. 11, 2014

speaking of bibles.When interpreting scriptures in the bible, it seems that people usually look to the original Greek or Hebrew words that were translated to try and determine the intended meaning and proper context. Wouldnt it be good if electronic versions of scriptures included a link to those Greek and Hebrew words along with a definition(s)of what they could mean? Does anyone know of a bible that does this?

Jehovah Witnesses are a group that I believe professes to have the most correct "translation" of the original scriptures. I would think that this would be something that they would especially be interested in doing.

LDS scriptures have great cross referencing to other scriptures. I wonder if the committee who helped make up those study guides ever thought of adding the Greek and Hebrew word definitions as well.

Just a thought

4. Ranch
Here, UT,
Aug. 12, 2014

@Shimlau;

There's a fair amount of information online about them, you can read about them in Scientific American and other journals. Nobody knows exactly how they interact when they enter into an animal's system. They aren't processed like normal food and can clog internal systems.

5. Ranch
Here, UT,
Aug. 12, 2014

@Back Talk;

A cross-reference to the Greek and Hebrew words could be quite useful, but I'd suggest that it include a variety of potential translations.

For example, the English word "abomination" was used for about 12-15 different Hebrew words according to a Jewish scholar because there isn't an English word that exactly translates the meanings of the original words (I can't find the article online any more or I'd give you his name and some google references). According to the scholar, taboo more closely described the original words than what we call "abomination".

Having served an LDS mission to a foreign country, I can attest to the difficulty of translating words exactly from one language to another.

Just a thought.