The C. S. Lewis Bible "offers an unprecedented window into the Bible and draws upon the distinctive wisdom and spiritual insight from one of the most thought provoking and influential Christian writers of our time."
—The C. S. Lewis Bible is slated to be released in October this year. A news release from the publishers said the Lewis Bible offers one of the most respected Christian thinkers as a companion to a reader's reflection and study of Scripture.
The news release said Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century, and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University. That was a position he held until his retirement.
Lewis' contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience. His works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year.
"The C.S. Lewis Bible offers a unique way for readers to reflect upon important Biblical passages," said Mark Tauber, senior vice president of Harper One, publisher of the C.S. Lewis Bible, speaking in a news release.
He added, "By pairing Lewis' writing with Scripture, this Bible offers readers the opportunity to gain fresh insight into Lewis' writings, his own spiritual journey, and to the Scriptures themselves."
According to the news release, the Bible includes such features as over 600 selections from C. S. Lewis for contemplation and devotional reading, introductory essays on Lewis' view of Scripture, and indexes to guide readers to each reading from Lewis.
The Lewis Bible publishers commented in a news release, "It offers an unprecedented window into the Bible and draws upon the distinctive wisdom and spiritual insight from one of the most thought provoking and influential Christian writers of our time."
It may be pertinent to point out that the release of the Bible will be followed by the release of the third movie installment of C.S. Lewis' classic "The Chronicles of Narnia" series. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is due in theaters Dec. 10, from Walden Media and 20th Century Fox.
The C.S. Lewis Bible combines the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) text with readings from a selection of Lewis' works, including Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters and The Problem of Pain.
Moe than 600 selections are featured, with introductory essays on Lewis' view of the Bible. The edition is in double-column format with a two-color interior and has a presentation page for gift-giving. The hardcover version will retail for $34.99, while a leather edition will cost $59.99.
The Lewis Bible was developed by an advisory board that included Lewis scholars and biographers. The result was a dream come true for HarperOne, publisher of many of Lewis' works, said Senior Vice President and Publisher Mark Tauber.
The NRSV was a good for the project because it is used by Catholics and Protestants, and Lewis enjoys a wide readership across different church traditions, Tauber said. "We think that the main appeal is going to be for Lewis fans who are people of faith. We don't see people buying this as their first or only Bible, but as an additional resource for Lewis fans who want something else to help them in their Bible reading."