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Christian publishers are tapping into a lucrative new youth market with an ingenious strategy: Bibles that are packaged to look and even read like teen magazines. The resulting sales boost has encouraged both booksellers and ministers that the Word is spreading. But some of the packaging seems a mite questionable from a theological standpoint. Namely:

♦ The assertion that the Resurrection was part of God's plan to get Satan "punk'd."

♦ A Gap spread entitled "What Would Jesus Wear?"

♦ The Old Testament is now referred to as Speakerboxxx, and the New Testament is called The Love Below.

♦ The battle of Jericho is settled with Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.

♦ Mary and Joseph bear a suspicious resemblance to Nick and Jessica.

♦ The Ten Commandments have been amended to 20 "Road Rules," with additions such as "Thou shalt not date that kid with the dreadlocks" and "Thou shalt not listen to 50 Cent."

♦ Jesus refers to the 12 disciples as "my posse."

♦ Three men are threatened with the fiery furnace: Shadrach, Meshach and Steve-O.

♦ Psalms are now supplemented with Mad-Libs.

♦ The Israelites are chased through Hepburn Heights by El Burro and his Diablos.

♦ All forms of the verb "smite" have been replaced with "pimp-smack."


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