New Bible gets youth treatment

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THIS morning's epistle is taken from Paul's letter to the Romans: Hey Grunge]

The Good Book is getting the youth treatment: the sample above is the headline of a story illustrating the Apostle's teaching on mutual tolerance in Romans 15, writes Martin Wroe.

The Lost Weekend, in the preceding chapter of the epistle, is illustrated with a story about drugs and alcohol in the Youth Bible (YB) launched yesterday.

'It's here and now/It's in your face/It's packed full of answers/But how does it relate?' sang rappers 65dba at the London launch, as a promoter dispensed YB videos and YB T-shirts, part of a pounds 200,000 campaign to earn a slice of the pounds 8m annual Bible market. And Nelson Word, its publishers, have the word SEX in bold type on the cover.

'It's very important for it not too look like a Bible,' Dave Halls, Director of Bible Publishing, said.

Terminology such as 'atonement' or 'sanctify' has gone and gender-friendly language is used: mankind is out, human beings are in.