Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

Table of Figures

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface: From Print to Pixels, 1s and 0s

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pp. ix-xvi

These words, attributed to Johannes Gutenberg in his reflection upon the invention of the printing press, ironically could just as easily be applied to the advent of digital media in its many permutations as it was to the printing press. From personal computers to the web to e-readers to email to messaging to Twitter and Facebook to smartphones ...

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1. Introduction: A Transition of Biblical Proportions

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pp. 1-12

It is somewhat of an understatement to observe that developments in computer technology over the last thirty to forty years have been revolutionary. From clunky and bulky first-generation personal computers in the 1980s to the thin-case, touchscreen laptop computers, portable tablets, and smartphones of today, ...

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2. Trajectories in Bible Technology

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pp. 13-34

Before we turn our focus to a full discussion of the shift from print to digital technology in publishing and reading the Bible, it will be instructive to pay some attention to earlier technological changes in the production and reading of the biblical text/s from the dawn of ancient writing to the beginnings of the digital world ...

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3. A Brief History of Digital Bibles

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pp. 35-56

Very little has been written about the history of digital Bibles. This comes as no great surprise, given that digital Bibles have only been around in any serious way for about a generation. But within one human generation we have become accustomed to seeing hundreds of digital generations. ...

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4. This is Your Brain on Screens

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pp. 57-96

In The Nature of the Book, Adrian Johns observes that “it is becoming increasingly clear that people in the past and of other cultures do not read in anything that might unproblematically be called the same way as us.”1 The history of reading in different times and cultures shows remarkable development and change. ...

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5. Survey Says . . .

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pp. 97-124

So what are people actually doing with digital Bibles? What are the trends? Having explored some of the issues related to the history of digital Bibles and how our brains read screens—including Bibles on screens—what kind of data do we have about real-life use of digital Bibles? ...

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6. Is There a Bible in This Church?

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pp. 125-182

In 1982, the controversial literary theorist and cultural critic Stanley Fish, then a professor at the University of Chicago, published a book that caused quite a stir: Is There a Text in This Class? The Authority of Interpretive Communities.1 In it, Fish argued that texts have no real meaning apart from communities that value and interpret texts, ...

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7. Digital Bibles and Social Media

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pp. 183-208

One of the most significant developments in our digital age is the radical shift that has occurred on a wide range of social media platforms.1 In this chapter, we will look at some of the most important aspects of the Bible on digital social media, from tweets to blogs, from YouTube to Facebook, and the presence of the Bible on the web in general. ...

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8. The Bible and Computer Programs

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pp. 209-238

In turning from the place of the Bible in digital social media to the Bible and computer programs we are shifting gears from the role of the Bible in the more popular sphere of social media to several sophisticated computer-based programs that provide advanced capacities for analysis of the Bible as a whole, and the biblical text in all its parts. ...

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9. Biblical Pasts and Digital Futures

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pp. 239-248

Now that we have come to the end of, or at least a pause in, our exploration of digital Bibles, I would like to close with a few reflections that I hope might be helpful as we move ever more into the digital future while seeking to hold on to our biblical pasts. ...

Bibliography

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pp. 249-278

Scripture Index

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pp. 279-282

Name Index

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pp. 283-286

Subject Index

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pp. 287-288

Gallery

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pp. 289-301

Back Cover

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