The Green Bible

 The Green Bible By Harper Bibles Yep, you’re right, nothing should suprise us anymore: there is now a Green Bible

From their website:
The Green Bible is the definitive movement Bible that shows that God is green and how we can care for and protect God’s creation.


  • Green-Letter Edition: Verses and passages that speak to God’s care for creation highlighted in green
  • Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Essays by Brian McLaren, Cal DeWitt, Barbara Brown Taylor, Pope John Paul II, Ellen Davis, N. T. Wright, Ellen Bernstein, Matthew Sleeth, James Jones, and Gordon Aeschliman
  • Inspirational quotes from Christian teachings throughout the ages
  • A green Bible topical index
  • A personal green Bible trail study guide
  • An appendix with information on further reading, how to get involved, and practical steps to take
  • Recycled paper, using soy-based ink with a cotton/linen cover


I wonder what color verses like Psalm 77.18, Psalm 97.4-5, 105.25-27,  Isaiah 24.20, 2 Peter 3.10-13, Revelation 8.7, etc., are written in? 

shane lems

sunnyside wa

3 thoughts on “The Green Bible”

  1. It’s really not a big deal. The Bible is not as intrusive and bias as many people think. The essays are all located in the front and there is a study guide at the back. There are no interruptions throughout the text such as boxes that make you reflect on creation care. It’s just the plain NRSV text with some green highlights here and there. So it’s not as bias as many people think. The essays are informative and should be used as a tool of reflection on creation care.
    The only negative about the Green Bible is that it takes a little bit of time to get used to the green highlights throughout the text.

    I enjoy the NRSV and use this Bible for all devotional, and study purposes. For one simple reason, it has the best font and readability in the market.


  2. Passages like 2 Peter 3 are actually in green. So are passages such as 1 John 1 where God is declared to be light. As I flipped through a copy, it felt as if they simply did a search for words like “world”, “creation”, “light”, “sun”, etc. and then highlighted the pericope surrounding that word. The essays, while they are unobtrusive, are nonetheless largely unhelpful from both a theological and exegetical point of view: What the Bible does have to say about the stewardship of God’s creation has been tied to a political and philosophical movement with little thought (it seemed to me as I skimmed–please note it was a skim and not a close read) given to the penultimate nature of creation, the judgment to come, the relationship of stewardship to the Gospel, nor of the ways that stewardship differs from redemption (in McLaren’s article he seemed to equate the two). All-in-all it feels as though It is a product being pandered to those desirous of being “Green”, to make the Bible feel relevant to them, and ultimately to make the publisher more money.


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