Today, verses from the Bible can be related in 140 characters.
Consider that Loyola University Chicago will soon be sending tweets from the Bible.
Here’s the news from a university press release:
On Sunday, September 30, Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS) will be sending out scripture tweets every fifteen minutes to promote biblical literacy and to expose the beauty of the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) to a social media audience.
This initiative is in celebration of September 30, the Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time and also the ancient liturgical observance of the feast of St Jerome, the renowned translator of the Latin Vulgate.
Throughout the day (midnight to midnight), those who sign-up to receive the tweets, will receive 96 specially selected verses, highlighting the story of our salvation spanning the entire bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. IPS is delighted and grateful to be working in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the CCD on this project.
“As Jerome translated the Bible into a common language of his day, IPS is translating the Bible to a common language of our own day,” said Brian Schmisek, PhD, director and associate professor of IPS. “We hope that by tweeting the bible we generate interest in the Bible itself, the NABRE edition, in particular, and perhaps provide a bit of inspiration that encourages people to go a little deeper in their study of sacred scripture.”
Released by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) on March 9, 2011, the NABRE is the culmination of nearly 20 years of work by a group of nearly 100 scholars and theologians, including bishops, revisers and editors. The NABRE includes a newly revised translation of the entire Old Testament along with the 1986 edition of the New Testament.
“This effort to bring the sacred Word, which is timeless, to perhaps the most time-sensitive medium of today, is a great sign of the Church’s movement into new media,” said Helen Osman, Secretary for Communications of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
“Evangelization means taking the Gospel to where people are, and more than ever people are using the new media throughout their day.”
To receive the scriptural tweets on September 30, please follow Loyola’s IPS on Twitter @LoyolaIPS.