In the quest for more diverse emojis the most popular and widely translated works in history, ‘The Holy Bible” has been given a new update with millennials in mind.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, and then some time later ? created emoji ? they said.
Introduced as a â€œgreat and fun way to share the good newsâ€, it supposedly interprets all 66 books of the King James Version with Unicode-approved emoji and commonly-used internet slang and a multitude of contractions.
Totalling just under 3,300 pages, the book â€“ subtitled â€œScripture 4 Millennialsâ€ â€“ wasÂ made available on the iTunes store for US $2.99.
The translator told said that he or she preferred to remain anonymous, identifying only as the cool-dude-with-sunglasses emoji: ? which kind of says it all.
â€œI thought if we fast forwarded 100 years in the future, an emoji bible would exist,â€ said Mr ?. â€œSo I thought itâ€™d be fun to try to make it …
â€œI wanted to make it similar to how you might text or tweet a bible verse, by shrinking the total character count.â€
It took about six months and used a program of the translatorâ€™s own creation that linked 80 emoji with 200 corresponding words,
â€œI started tweeting the verses out and it was sort of like a public proofread.â€ How profound.
The Emoji Bible had been met with a largely positive reception, said Mr ?: â€œSome really nice things, some not-so-nice things.â€ But it hardly a surprise as reflected in the response on Twitter.
â€œâ€˜in the beginning angels created the stars & the earthâ€™ iâ€™m pretty sure it doesnâ€™t go like that,â€Â tweeted one user, prompting a correction from the @BibleEmoji account. Other have raised blasphemy allegations abound.
With the Pew Research Center finding â€œmuch lower levels of religious affiliation, including less connection with Christian churches, than older generationsâ€ in a May 2015 study of religious affiliation in the US population, its release comes with declining rates of religious affiliation across the current Millennial generation.
Mr Cool said â€œI think we should worry more about spreading ?? [peace sign emoji] & ?? [heart emoji] & less about what church affiliation weâ€™re doing it under.â€
Mystery man why don’t you reveal yourself?