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The Bible Like You've Never Seen It Before — but Is It Offensive?


"There isn't an emoji for the Red Sea parting … so I invented it."

There's a Bible campaign on Kickstarter that's looking to present the holy book like you've never seen it before: through emoticons — digital symbols and images that represent emotions and events, among other things.

The fundraising campaign, titled "The Bible Translated Into Emoticons," seeks to take the world's most sold and read book and translate its text "into one of the newest languages," according to its official description.

"Half of my book will be the Bible translated into Emoticons and the other half will simply be standard biblical text. Every biblical verse will be followed by its' emoticon equivalent," wrote campaign organizer Kamran Kastle. "Readers will be able to go back and forth between standard written text (the Bible) and Images (Emoticons)."

Screen grab from Kickstarter campaign Screen grab from "The Bible Translated Into Emoticons" Kickstarter campaign

So far, the project has only raised $23 of its $25,000 goal, with 10 days left in the campaign.

In a recent interview with Vice, Kastle said that he isn't simply using emoticons that are currently out there to represent biblical text; he's also creating new symbols.

"There isn't an emoji for the Red Sea parting … so I invented it. There isn't even a Jesus emoji, so I created that one, too," he told the outlet. "I am not only translating the Bible into emoticons, I'm also designing the emoticons myself."

Watch for more information about the project below:

And read more about the campaign here.

Kastle admitted that some have told him the project could offend critics, but he rejected this notion in his interview with Vice. But what do you think? Let us know below.

(H/T: Deseret News)

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