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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Dutch Reception project

The following blurb and links have some interesting strands, especially in connection with the perceived decreasing knowledge of, and hence decreasing influence of, the Bible in Dutch culture (although the line on the Koran has lost this reader at least).

A multimedia edition

The Bible has had a deep influence on our culture and continues to do so. However, for the last decennia the Bible has not been a living tradition for large parts of the population, so knowledge of its significance has decreased. Ever larger groups are becoming estranged from their own culture. Even a future multicultural society is incomprehensible for those who do not know the influence of the Bible on the Koran.

Amsterdam University Press has started a project that aims to address this growing ignorance. Together with the publication of a new translation of the Bible, the AUP wants to generate commentary on the Bible, focussing specifically on the reception of the bible in Dutch culture. The publication project will use the latest publishing possibilities of the internet. Therefore a partnership with the University Library of the Universiteit van Amsterdam has been set up. Genesis, Ruth, Esther, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Amos, Jonah, Zechariah, Tobit, Judith, Mark, Luke, Acts, 1 Corinthians and Revelation are available. The other bible books will follow in the coming years.

Published by Amsterdam University Press.


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