This could be the most important advance in biblical studies since Wellhausen’s Prolegomena. G.T. Luscombe – producer of bible accessories from Frankfort, Illinois – has developed highlighters designed especially for highlighting Bibles! Using ink developed in Japan for low absorption into paper, the Zebrite highlighter avoids the annoying “bleed through” that you get when you highlight one side of that thin Bible paper and then turn the page and it looks like the next page is highlighted as well but in all the wrong places:
Hilary Greenbaum and Dana Rubinstein interview John Luscombe, the president and chief executive of G.T. Luscombe in the New York Times (“Lighting Up the Bible”, 20 January 2012):
Is there a particular color code? There are different types of coding depending on how many colors there are. But for the most common four colors, we recommend that yellow represents blessings, blue represents the Holy Spirit, pink represents salvation and green represents growth and new life.
Is this popular? I don’t have any statistics about how many people use highlighters in their Bibles, but this area of our business has grown consistently over the years.
When did you start doing this? My father started the company in the mid-1970s, but we didn’t start selling highlighters until the early 1980s.
How did people react? Back when it was a new concept, some people would balk a little at the idea of highlighting a Bible. But it’s a common practice now.
This is revolutionary. (Although I prefer pink for marking out passages about the End Times, because that is closest to the colour of blood.)