Saturday, May 06, 2006

The art of the ((Good News Bible))

Yesterday I helped Olly with her work at the Salvation Army in Hamilton... I was working from home and needed a break so I spent sometime and gave her a hand.

Anyway, while I was there I saw a sweet row of ((Good News Bibles)) and it reminded me of all the happy memories I had as a kid looking at the illustrations. Coming from an evangelical background, we never had the rich illustrations that other traditions have... but I did have the GNB - not sure how it got passed my folks :: it isn't a conservative translation - In Isaiah 7:14 it states "a young woman who is pregnant will have a son" which gets up the nose of the conservatives who want a Virgin!!! ((link))

I love the illustrations... they are so simple and effective...

However, I couldn't find any details of the illustrator...

God bless Google (except when they are helping dictatorships ^_^) :: found this article on BBC News ((link)) :: and discovered who the illustrator is Annie Vallotton
In the 1970s, Vallotton drew the simple illustrations for the Good News Bible, a new basic English translation. She provided 500 line drawings of figures dancing, praying, fighting and raising the dead. These depicted not only the scripture, but the translators' philosophy that the Bible should be accessible and enjoyable.
Thanks Annie for some sweet imagery... You made the Bible come alive to me!

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1 comment:

Paula said...

I always loved those pictures in the Good News Bible. I'd stare at them and wish I could draw like that.


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