It is the date of the Earth’s creation, according to some — 23rd October 4004 BC.
On the anniversary of that date — 6,013 years later — Bibledex came to pass. The University of Nottingham’s new website features videos which provide unusual insights into the greatest story ever told.
Eventually every book in the Bible, all 66, will be retold and discussed in a series of short informative videos filmed and produced by the University’s award-winning film maker in residence and video journalist Brady Haran.
Brady, who admits he is no scholar or theologian, will approach his new subject with the same curiosity and creativity as his three ongoing projects The Periodic Table of Videos, Sixty Symbols and Test-Tube which have already made YouTube celebrities out of University of Nottingham academics.
Bibledex could do the same for members of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies who will soon be airing their views over the social networking sites on some of the great stories of the bible.
His curiosity about the Bible led Brady to come up with his latest idea. He said: “After making all those videos about chemistry and physics, I really wanted to turn my attention to a new area of academic research. Working with theologians has been fascinating, discovering the different ways they look at this most famous collection of texts. It seems every book of the Bible has its own history, personality and usually about 2000 years of twists and turns.
No matter what we believe personally, most of us think we know the basics of the Bible. But every day I'm discovering something completely new which makes me look at the Bible in a new light — and I'm really excited about sharing that online and through YouTube.”
The films about what is probably the most famous collection of books in history will reveal that the Old Testament book Song of Songs is basically a poem about sex and bands from U2 to Boney M. have based some of their songs on the book of Psalms. They will tell the online audience curious and interesting things about a book which many of us are familiar with — but really most of us know very little about it.
The project is being led by Dr Karen Kilby, Head of the Theology and Religious Studies Department. She said: “The Department is delighted to have a chance to communicate something of what we do in a new way, and fascinated to watch how Brady will put the project together”.
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