The 100 Minute Bible
Faith basics for new Bible readers
by Michael Hinton
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Published by The 100 Minute Press, The 100-Minute Bible is a new way of looking at the Bible. It is published with the hope that it will enable people who are not familiar with the Bible to understand something of the book that is the basis of the Christian faith.
The 100-Minute Bible picks out the principal stories of the life and ministry of its central character, Jesus Christ. The social and theological context of these stories is provided by outlining the ups and downs of the history of his nation, the Jews. It then proceeds to record the story of the growth of Christianity during the first century; firstly amongst the Jews themselves; then amongst the other peoples living in Israel and then throughout the eastern Mediterranean, even as far as Rome.
The 100-Minute Bible is primarily intended for people who have an interest in Christianity but not the time (nor tenacity!) to read the whole Bible. As the title indicates most people will only take 100 minutes to read it, making it ideal for an upcoming rail or aeroplane journey.
- The 100-Minute Bible short-listed for Literary Prize:
The Independent Publishers Guild has short-listed The 100-Minute Bible for a prize for innovation in its inaugural Publishing Awards Competition, 2007. Prizes will be awarded at a Gala Dinner to be held at the De Vere Grand Hotel, Brighton on March 3rd.
The 100-Minute Bible has been short-listed in the Innovation of the Year category and is in august company, being in competition with the long-established publisher Faber and Faber and Oxford University’s Bodleian Library. It is also up against Salt Publishing’s web-based innovation ‘to take poetry by the scruff of the neck and do something new and exciting with it’ and Class Law’s ‘innovative publishing software for family law practitioners.’
The panel of judges praised The 100-Minute Press for the creativity of its idea to make the Bible available in a more accessible format, 'This is an original concept to widen the Bible's market and create a new one.'
Considering the quality of the publishers they are up against Len Budd, spokesman for The 100-Minute Press, remarked, 'It is a wonderful compliment just to be short-listed amongst such strong and classy competition.'
- Right time for ‘The 100-Minute Bible’:
This is the headline for the centre-page spread in the 3rd March edition of the War Cry, the newspaper of the Salvation Army. Although the photo of the author, Rev. Michael Hinton, and the story by Philip Halcrow about his life and how he came to write the 100-Minute Bible bears only passing resemblance to more famous centrefolds, it gives a robust answer to Christians who have criticised it as being merely a dumbed-down version of the Bible.
Commencing in July 2006 the War Cry has been serialising The 100-Minute Bible week by week and in this issue Jesus is approaching Jericho on his way to Jerusalem where he will eventually be crucified. Jesus will be crucified in the 21st April issue and rise from the dead the following week. Paul will set out on his famous missionary journeys on May 26th and the serialisation will end with Revelation at the end of June.
- Warm welcome for 100-Minute Bible in Scandinavia
‘For the first time ever a version of The Bible has been No.1 Best-seller in Iceland’ reports Jakob F. Ásgeirsson of Bókafélagiđ Ugla (The Owl Book Society), publishers of the Icelandic version of The 100-Minute Bible which was launched in November and within two weeks was in the No. 1 spot in the non-fiction list.
‘Although we are only 300,000 or so Icelanders Bókafélagiđ Ugla were very pleased to be granted a licence to publish The 100-Minute Bible. We are great readers here in Iceland and, as in the rest of Europe, there is great interest in Christianity even though few people regularly go to church or read the original version of the Bible.’
The 100 Minute Bible by Michael Hinton was published by The 100 Minute Press in September 2005 and is our 1021st best seller. The ISBN for The 100 Minute Bible is 9780955132407.
|Page last updated||25th June 2010|
|Author / Artist||Michael Hinton|
|Publisher||The 100 Minute Press (September 2005)|
|Number of Pages||64|