DURHAM, United Kingdom A dedicated Christian worker in the United Kingdom is tweeting the entire Bible, one chapter per tweet per day.
Chris Juby of Durham, in northern England, began his effort on August 8, and, as of Feb. 21 has more than 17,600 followers, according to his Twitter page. As of that date, he had completed Joshua 11 and was on pace to complete the task on Nov. 8, 2013, 1,189 days after he began the summary.
The summaries can never exceed 140 characters, per Twitter rules. Here are some examples:
"Gen1: God created the heavens, the earth and everything that lives. He made humankind in his image, and gave them charge over the earth."
"Gen2: God formed a man and gave him the garden in Eden, except for the tree of knowledge. Adam was alone so God made a woman as his partner."
"Gen7: Noah and his family went into the ark with two of each creature. It rained for forty days and forty nights and the earth was covered."
As a result of the limited posting rules, he's expected to spend five months summarizing Psalms alone.
Juby, who is a web developer and leads worship at King's Church in Durham, admits that not many Christians read the whole Bible, and that this is by no means a substitute for it.
"It is perhaps regarded as a bit of an oddball thing to do," Juby told the Northern Echo newspaper in Durham. "I hope in doing the summary, it will inspire people to read the Bible for themselves. My summaries are no substitute for the real thing."
His effort has even been noted by CNN, which called it "a task of heavenly proportions." Juby was featured as one of CNN's 'Most Intriguing People of the Day.'
"It is my normal habit to read a chapter of the Bible each morning and I always read through from Genesis to Revelation," said Juby, who also uses the social networking site to tweet about his life and music. "As I was coming to the end last time, I thought I needed a way of focusing my mind a little bit more on what I was reading. I thought a summary would be a good way of doing this. I already use Twitter, so I thought I'd share my summaries."
Juby's Twitter Bible follows the publication of versions such as the 100-minute Bible, the SMS text message Bible and the Geordie Bible.
"I am really excited about the project," he told the newspaper. "The Bible underpins so much of our culture. People like Shakespeare and Dickens made casual references to what we would now regard as obscure passages of Scripture."
While the Twitter account will only feature the summaries, Juby has established a separate website to comment about his progress and monitor media coverage.
"It was a tough decision not to post anything else on the Twitter account. I do want the project to be interactive, but the ideal of finishing with an account of exactly 1,189 tweets has trumped the desire to use it for other communication."