The Skeptics Annotated Bible – the newest addition to my collection

The Skeptics Annotated Bible

Behold, the newest addition to my collection of bibles (sadly I only own one copy of the Koran). This is the Skeptics Annotated Bible and it’s fairly new to the market (I believe it was originally an internet project and is still available for free online). You might have guessed, but it’s the first Bible published from a nonbeliever’s point of view, carefully noting each verse that falls into one of the following categories: absurdity (2,178 instances), injustice (1,541), cruelty and violence (1,316), intolerance (701), contradictions (462), conflicts with science and history (428), misogyny and insults to women (384), sex (253), false prophecy and misquotes (231), and a few more, including “good stuff” (507).

The translation is the King James Version, which is a bonus because that’s one I didn’t own before. I’ve already thumbed through a bit and it’s great, though lacking detail in terms of historical context – for that I’ve got the ESV study edition along with the NET, which I highly recommend for anyone interested in getting as close as possible to our earliest manuscripts.

Finally, the SAB is beautiful – it’s leather-bound with an easy-to-read font – and looks right at home next to the others:

Bible bookshelf