The red letter Bible, the first edition of which was first published in 1900, is a very popular feature for a lot of evangelical Christians. I am not a big fan. Here are three reasons why:
(1) It is less pleasing to the eye when reading.
(2) It implies that more weight should be given to the words in red, when in reality we believe that ALL the words of the Bible are from Christ! There is even a group who label themselves as red letter Christians, intentionally emphasizing the words of Jesus (although I would argue they conveniently ignore a lot of the theological teachings of Christ).
(3) Even among the red letter editions, sometimes the “red” comes out more pink or orange than red.
For more on this subject…
…Nicholas Gray of the wonderful Scottish Bible publisher, RL Allan, has asked for opinions about red-letter Bibles in his latest blog post.
…Mark Bertrand has an excellent post on the subject.
…Wikipedia has an entry on red letter Bibles, explaining their origin.
Nicholas Gray of the wonderful Scottish Bible publisher, RL Allan, has asked for opinions about red-letter Bibles in his latest blog post.