Bibles come in all shapes and sizes, from a pocket-sized print edition to the digitized version available for iPhones.
And a new Kickstarter campaign is forging another dimension for the Good Book, promising to make it as indestructible as it is integral to Christian practice around the world.
The Forever Bible Kickstarter campaign from Forever Publishing advertises "a Bible that literally walks on water," a play on biblical accounts of Jesus Christ to describe the book's ability to float.
And Forever Bible's distinguishing characteristics don't stop there. The campaign uses the term "Space Age nanotechnology" to describe page material that's 24 times stronger than paper, waterproof, tear proof, dirt proof and all together life proof.
"A demonstration of the Forever Bible's capabilities shows ketchup, jelly, chocolate syrup, coffee dirt and more being dumped onto the Bible's pages, and easily sprayed off with a water hose. Notes written with ink pen in the Bible's margins and highlighted passages remain intact," Christian Today reported.
Forever Publishing founder Jared Casey told The Christian Post that the company had already received more than 1,000 advance orders for Forever Bibles. Interested shoppers can order "Running with God," "Missionary Leather" or "U.S. Military" editions in English Standard, New International or King James translations.
The Forever Bible campaign has been successful in the first half of its 40-day fundraiser, but some people feel it should never have been allowed on Kickstarter.
The Christian Post cited online comments that complained that Kickstarter is meant for new projects, not established brands seeking a boost in sales.
The article also noted that Forever Bible isn't as revolutionary as it claims because Bardin & Marsee Publishing already has a waterproof Bible on the market.
A FaithStreet blog noted that more durable Bibles should do well in the market. "(Most) Bibles, perhaps because they're produced in such epic quantities, tend to be printed on the cheapest possible materials — cardboard jackets, with the thinnest cellulose on Earth. It doesn't take much to tear or damage one, and what Christian wouldn't feel bad about that?"
Forever Bible has already surpassed its goal of $30,000, but the project has a long way to go before it matches this summer's other biblical Kickstarter success. Bibliotheca, a plan to make the Bible look more like a work of literature than a number-ridden reference book, raised over $1 million by the time its campaign ended on July 27.