The Accessible Bible Project
Posted by Gary O’Rourke, 03 September 2020
At Biblica we believe that the Bible is the Word of God and the most powerful book ever written and therefore as an organisation, we are committed to the development of quality translations and increasing access to this life–changing book.
If you know about Biblica, it is likely that you already know about the Accessible Bible Project, but for those that don’t, a little introduction ….
For many, reading the Bible is a simple, daily activity. For people with sight loss, learning disabilities or lower levels of literacy, accessing God’s Word can be a real challenge.
Developed in partnership with Livability, Torch Trust and Urban Saints, the NIrV Accessible Edition aims to break down barriers to reading and open up God’s Word to those who may struggle with accessing the format of a ‘traditional’ Bible. This unique edition features a single–column format, tinted paper, simpler navigation, bespoke illustrations and a specially–designed clear font, along with audio and digital editions.
We are so excited to let you know that in Autumn 2020 the NIrV Accessible Edition: Psalms will be launched alongside a devotional with studies which will enable readers to engage with God’s Word in a relevant way and at an appropriate level. The studies will be written by key ministry leaders from across the UK who have been, and continue to be actively involved in the Accessible Bible Project. The studies will be made available electronically and as audio recordings.
As if that isn’t enough, work is also progressing on the illustrations for an accessible edition of Genesis!
In 2018 we had the opportunity to present the Accessible Bible at New Horizon – a seven–day Christian festival set on the north coast of Northern Ireland. We were delighted that New Horizon selected the Accessible Bible as one of their nominated mission projects that year, and we received a donation to enable us to pass copies free of charge to those who might need them.
At the start of lockdown in the UK and Ireland, we were able to use some of this money to provide ‘free’ copies of the Accessible Bible to groups who were unable to meet because of the pandemic.
It has been really encouraging to hear back from some of these groups, and in the coming weeks we will be sharing their stories, so please come back and be inspired by some of the incredible work that is being enabled by the Accessible Bible Project.