January 13, 2009

The Green Eyed Bible

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 8:24 pm by Rev. Thomas Perchlik

Imagine you are in your Doctor’s office, waiting; you forgot to bring anything to read, you find all the games on your cell phone boring, and there is no one to talk to.  On the table next to you it looks like there are a couple of magazines. One has a glossy photo of a green eye the skin beneath it heavy with makeup, the background black, the cheek and brow of its face is brilliant white.

The magazine’s title is “The Book” and it advertises “A Good Investment- page 95,” “All Power Comes to an End- page 193,” “Questions About Marriage- Page 187” and “If Love Gets Cold -page 260.”

You open randomly to two pages: a photo of Martin Luther King Jr. on one side and Angelina Jolie on the other. You turn again to a double page photo spread. The photo of a woman in forigen clothing giving birth, the hands of other women about her with many colored bangels on their arms. In the lower right the text “Noojahan gives birth to her first child, Jahis Mohammed. It was a difficult delivery… Noorjahan was lucky to be in the district hospital for the birth, Orissa, India.” On the right the phrase “Eight Ways to Change the World.” Yet the next pages are all text, as it turns out from the begining of The Gospel of Luke, free of chapter and verse numbers.

In fact this is not a magazine but a creative packaging of the Christian Bible (New Testament.) My wife gave me this as one of my gifts for Christmas. I had fun looking at all the photos set next to, and in tension with, the Biblical text.
Creative, wild, thought provoking, disturbing, inspiring and very interesting.

Two Examples: 1) a photo of a dog on a red velvet pillow in the back seat of a car with a gold necklace in the shape of a dollar sign, and the text from Paul’s letter to the Romans “They say they are wise but they are fools. instead of woshpping the immortal God, they worship images made to look like mortals or birds or animals or reptiles.” 2) Three young black men in urban gangsta poses and the text of the Magi from Matthew’s Gospel “Where is the baby born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him.”

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