Is This What Luther Had in Mind?

When Martin Luther promoted translating the Bible into the vernacular I do not think he could have ever imagined a “Bible Across America” tour.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the New International Version of the Bible, Zondervan publishers is traveling to 90 different U.S. cities and inviting people to copy a verse of the Bible in their own hand. Participants are asked to copy their verses in two different books. One will be sent to the Smithsonian and the other will go to the International Bible Society.

Zondervan, of course, cannot resist the chance to turn a profit on this tour. The publisher plans to scan the images of the copied text and create a new Bible called “America’s NIV.”