Trey Hill Photographs

Posted in personal, photography, random by Trey on December 10, 2008

several weeks ago, i caught wind of this thing called The Bible Illuminated. or, simply, the book. i looked into it and saw a coming soon page. well, i guess soon is now. their new website is up.


an e-card available through Bible Illuminated

i can’t remember where i first encountered the book, but i know my buddy Jonathan at the creation project blogged about it back in October. anyway, today i received another email from my good friend John about the book and he linked to the Swedish version that’s been out since last year. i dug a little deeper and was really blown away by what this group out of Sweden is doing.

more after the jump.

the images are, for the most part, spectacular. i will say that at times they are reaching, but the images images i have seen are challenging. why pair a guy leaping off a dock into the water with John the Baptists words from Matthew 3? do i really think of Baptism as this joyous leap? is that at the heart of what Matthew was trying to convey? it gave me pause and pushed me toward the bible.

mission accomplished.


look at the moster Behemoth; I created him and I created you.

i have a small ongoing project that i’ve been working on where i take a piece of scripture that i’ve been meditating on and pair it with an image from my archives. it’s a deeply personal project, a visual record of my conversations with God, but i’ve found that it’s been a great way for me to engage these ancient words and make them come alive in ways that i can relate to. i’m glad that this version of the Bible is out there and hope that it gives people access to the living water Jesus offers us.


abraham looked around and saw a ram caught in a bush by its horns. he went and got it and offered it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

i do wonder why they haven’t credited the photographers? seems like an odd decision.


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  1. […] Trey has some thoughtful reflections on The Book from both an artistic and theological perspective. Check it out. […]

  2. Trent said, on December 10, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Wow! Powerful imagery!

    I agree, some of the pictures and captions don’t line up perfectly, but I think it’s all meant to offer a new perspective on the passages — as with the ram photo and the lines from Genesis.

    (I’m looking at the Daily Illuminations, too, and I think they might be using stock news photos, thus the lack of credits.)

  3. Trey said, on December 10, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    agreed. and new perspective is a wonderful thing.

    i dug a little further into the Daily Illuminations and came to the same conclusion when i saw the Hillary & Obama image. and, in that context, i do think that using current, relevant imagery to bring to life the scriptures is a great idea. i mean, after seeing that image, don’t you want to dig into the Philemon verse?

    i did. and i definitely want the book.

  4. John Dyer said, on December 11, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    FYI: Here’s a video with the creator:

    and in this USA Today story

    they mention that Sweden normally sells about 60,000 Bibles a year, but the Illuminated Bible sold 30,000 copies!

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