If you like your King James Version with a smattering of smiley faces, says Christianity Today, then “@BibleEmoji is here for you.”
The Bible Emoji Twitter account now has a book version called “Bible Emoji: Scripture 4 Millenials (sic).”
It is the King James Version of the Good Book told with yellow smiley faces, Jesus jazz hands, angels, clouds and serpents. (It costs $2.99 on iBooks, Apple’s online bookstore.)
It’s been a busy few days on the emoji front, with both Kim Kardashian and Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry launching new ones, and meat-lovers sizzling over the new bacon emoji.
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For a while Curry’s “StephMojis” — yes, there is one that shows him chewing on his mouthguard — were selling at a faster pace than Kardashian’s “Kimojis,” even though the new ones of her greatest rear asset are NSFW.
But then a new collection came along and stole the ball — “Justmojis.”
That would be emojis of Justin Bieber’s bad-boy behavior - and abs.
Heaven help us all.
The emoji Bible, which has received national media attention, has scored mixed reviews.
If you’re looking for an all-emoji translation, this isn’t it, writes Christianity Today.
“For all the hype over this particular digital-era adaptation, the emoji Bible actually doesn’t contain that many emojis,” writes the magazine.
“It’s a King James Version (KJV) with 10 to 15 percent of the text swapped for emojis; about one or two symbols appear in each verse.”
The book sprang from the Twitter feed that has been posting Bible verses told with emojis for nearly a year, reports The New York Times.
FYI: The anonymous creator, a self-described techie who says he grew up very religious, intentionally misspelled “millennial” to thumb his nose at critics who might dismiss the project as the mere foolish handiwork of the young, he told the Times.
He said the project began as a fun experiment using an online text translator and the Bible’s King James version.
“You know one of those things where you can create Yoda-speak?" he told the Times. “I just started playing around with the translator, and I thought it might be kind of fun to use emojis, then I thought it would be fun to do the Bible and see how it would come out.”
Then he started tweeting the results — avoiding “the more violent and negative things in the Bible” like stonings — then set up a website where users can generate their own emoji translations.
As popular as @BibleEmojis is with nearly 9,000 followers, some theologians warn young people that the Bible is much more serious than smiley faces — so use your words, boys and girls.