As technology continues to change, few things are able to go untouched. Now, an anonymous person has translated the Bible into emoji’s. Launched May 29, people will now be able to read the Bible in picture symbols, in addition to the traditional Oxford English.
The creator of the emoji Bible translation says this project is all about accessibility for people. The ability to use pictures that are incorporated into the usual language allow people to better convey their feelings.
“Emojis are emotional, and allow people to express feelings in a visual way within the structure of ‘normal,’ written language,” the creator of the emoji Bible said. “What’s made them so successful, is that they’re language-agnostic — they allow you to convey an idea to anyone, regardless of what language they speak.”
The emoji Bible was constructed by taking the emoji translator and using it to find words in the King James Version Bible that were able to be replaced with an emoji. Next, a translator program used over 80 icons to correspond with 200 words, with common shorthand symbols being added as well.
Although a unique and innovative take on the Bible, many people have not had approving reactions to the emoji Bible.
However, Scripture Union’s Digital Content Manager, Caleb Woodbridge, believes it is a great idea. He believes that it will help to open doors to spreading the gospel to the new generation.
The goal of the mysterious project creator is just that- to help get the Bible in the hands of many more people.
He is also looking to create more books in the future using the emoji program.