Win a Copy of the New iPad Version of the Skeptics Annotated Bible

Earlier this year, I was excited to announce that the Skeptics Annotated Bible — a Bible with annotations marking the contradictions, instances of rape, violence, absurdity, etc. — was finally being made into a print book:

Now, Steve Wells has created an iPhone/iPad edition of his amazing work. You can see some of the screenshots from the app below:

For the rest of the week it’ll be available on sale for $2.99 — afterwards, it’ll revert back to its normal price of $4.99.

Readers of this site have a chance to win a copy for free, though. All you have to do is leave your favorite out-of-context Bible verse in the comments and use the hashtag #AnnotateMe!

I’ll contact a handful of lucky winners tomorrow!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • PolarAtheist

    Love this book. =3
    Ezekiel 33.29 “Then shall they know that I am the LORD, when I have laid the land most desolate.” #AnnotateMe!

  • Paul

    Revelation 9:3, “And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth:
    and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.”

    That’s some powerful drugs you’ve been smokin’!

    #AnnotateMe!

    • Pofarmer

      Yeah, you have to wonder what the author of revelations was on. Probably the same stuff as the writers of Alice in Wonderland.

      • Brian Anthony

        or you could side with modern biblical scholarship that claims he was writing in code…and hence he would be pefectly sober and sane.

        • Pofarmer

          Really? If there was any code, it was more than likely about contemporaneous political movements and issues of the day.

          • Brian Anthony

            um yeah, it was all about nero i thought this was common knowledge.

  • The Other Weirdo

    Matthew 6:6.

    But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast
    shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father
    which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Art_Vandelay

    Isaiah 34:7: And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.

    #AnnotateMe!

  • noradrenaline

    Ezekeil 23:20: There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.
    #AnnotateMe!

  • Claudio Ibarra

    I’d pay $5 for an Android version.

    • Dan

      I would pick it up for $2.99.

    • poliltimmy

      Kindle would be better.

  • GodlessPoutine

    Deuteronomy 25:11 When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Claudio Ibarra

    My favorite out-of-context quote would probably have to be from Ezekiel 16:

    16:33 They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.

    #AnnotateMe!

    • baal

      Ezekiel is fast becoming one of my favorite books of the bible.

  • Rubix

    Deuteronomy 25:11-12
    When two men are fighting and the wife of one intervenes to save her husband from the blows of his opponent, if she stretches out her hand and seizes the latter by his private parts, you shall chop off her hand without pity
    #AnnotateMe!

    • Rubix

      Oh shoot, someone beat me to that one

    • The Other Weirdo

      Okay, I get that you need to punish her for stretching out her hand–how we all don’t see that I don’t know–what if his private parts come to her hand all unbidden?

      When a woman stretcheth out with her hand, she stretcheth out evil.

  • GubbaBumpkin

    In which putting sticks near the watering trough causes livestock to conceive and bear young which are ringstraked, speckled and spotted.

    Genesis 30:

    [38] And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.

    #AnnotateMe

  • 00001000_bit

    Luke 12:57 “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?”

    Out of context, it actually makes sense.

    #AnnotateMe!

  • allein

    Only if it comes with the iPad…

  • Kevin Elsken

    John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
    #AnnotateMe!

  • cryofly

    Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God…” –

    That verse is not just out of context with reality but it is plain cursing, camouflaged with the term ‘god’.
    #AnnotateMe!

  • Ben Martin

    Ezekiel 4:15 “Then He said to me, “See, I will give you cow’s dung in place of human dung over which you will prepare your bread.” #AnnotoateMe!

  • baal

    Ezekiel 16:17 ” You also took the fine jewelry I gave you, the jewelry made of my gold and silver, and you made for yourself male idols and engaged in prostitution with them” #AnnotateMe!

  • Philip Elliott

    Judges 1:19 And the Lord was with Judah, and he took possession of the hill country, but he could not drive out the inhabitants of the plain because they had chariots of iron.

    #AnnotateMe!

  • clear1048

    Ephesians 5:22-23 – Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Troy Fisher

    Ecclesiastes 1:18 (NASB). Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain

    Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

    does god want one to be smart or ignorant?

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Beth

    Well dang…I already bought mine this morning.

  • Steven Vickers

    Proverbs 21:19 (KJV)
    It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

    #AnnotateMe

    • http://www.last.fm/user/MetalHeadCrab MetalHeadCrab

      Ha-ha. For some reason I can’t remember ever reading this verse growing up.

  • Alison

    “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. She must be quiet.” (1 Timothy 2:12)

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Lorie C

    Is Incest Wrong?

    Genesis 17:15-16 – God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”
    (Abraham marries his half-sister. God blesses the union.)

    Leviticus 20:17 – If a man marries his sister, the daughter of either his father or his mother, and they have sexual relations, it is a disgrace. They must be cut off before the eyes of their people. He has dishonored his sister and will be held responsible.
    (Incest is a disgrace).

    Deuteronomy 27:23 – Cursed is the man who sleeps with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother. Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
    (The perpetrator is “cursed.”)
    #AnnotateMe!

  • Frank Kloch

    Ezekiel 23:19-21
    New International Version (NIV)
    19 Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt. 20 There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. 21 So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled. #AnnotateMe

  • Emsubo

    The beginning of the totally-not-religious Ten Commandments:
    Exodus 20:2-3 (KJV)
    I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
    #AnnotateMe
    Interestingly the SAB app is rated 9+ for “Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor.” A quick glance at other Bible apps doesn’t show any others with age ratings at all. Seems to me any Bible app should have warnings for frequent graphic violence and sexual situations…

  • Greg Morris

    i’ll buy it, but if you #AnnotateMe! I’ll be even happier.

  • Carrie

    Deuteronomy 22:28-29 (NIV)
    28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.

    #AnnotateMe!

  • McAtheist

    1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you
    every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding
    seed; to you it shall be for meat.
    God says smoke marijauna and go vegan.
    #AnnotateMe!

  • Annette

    “Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.”Genesis 27:11

    Smooooooth!

    #Annotate me

  • Travis Myers

    “God does not… exist.”

    Job 8:20 … Romans 13:1

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Mathi S Manian

    “Thy Rod and Thy Staff, They Comfort Me” In Psalm 23:4

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Daniel Sample

    Exodus 35:2For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Frank L. Ludwig

    “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them,
    bring hither, and slay them before me.” – Jesus according to Luke 19:27 #AnnotateMe!

  • Jeff Levy

    Genesis 1:30
    And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the
    creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of
    life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

    Note the part;
    I give every green plant for FOOD.. Hemlock anyone?

    P.S. No need to #AnnotateMe! as i can;t use the App I have a Dumb Phone..

  • Becky Flint-Fike

    “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. She must be quiet.” (1 Timothy 2:12)
    Strange, since “Jesus” supposedly had Mary at his side while he taught, and allowed her to teach, too.
    #AnnotateMe!

  • Mary B

    “Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to
    us / He who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.” Psalm 137

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Kyle Northam

    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Guest

    “May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.” The text of Psalm 109:8 which appears on “Pray for Obama” Tshirts.

  • Jennifer Woodman Gessler

    “May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.” The text of Psalm 109:8 which appears on “Pray for Obama” t-shirts. #AnnotateMe

  • Stratobastard

    Ex. 21.28: if an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die, then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh not be eaten; but the owner of the ox be quit. #AnnotateMe!

  • http://garicgymro.wordpress.com garic gymro

    Is there going to be an epub version?

  • Andrew Lounsbury

    1 Samuel 18: 27
    David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their foreskins. They counted out the full number to the king so that David might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.

  • Andrew Lounsbury

    1 Samuel 18:27
    “David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their foreskins. They counted out the full number to the king so that David might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.” #AnnotateMe!

  • John Stanford

    Isaiah 34:7

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Glen

    Deuteronomy 27.16
    “God’s curse on anyone who makes an idol of stone, wood, or metal and secretly worships it; the Lord hates idolatry.”

    So, that crucifix that they wear, or is at the front of their church, in fact even worshiping god, they’re going to hell for that.
    I don’t have a KJV bible, which a lot of Americans seem to use. So having this version of it would be invaluable when debating. #AnnotateMe!

    • WillThor

      I wonder if idolatry is fine so long as you do it in the open and not “secretly”

  • airhead3

    Someone already got this one, but it’s still one of my favorite:

    Ezekiel 23:19-20
    New International Version (NIV)
    19 Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt. 20 There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Paul Peterson

    “A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.” Ecclesiastes 10:19

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Free

    Without understanding how to exegete the scriptures, have an understanding of biblical history, knowledge of Theology and personal relationship with God, it is like a child looking at a schematic of an elaborate machine and commenting on what they see. (not intended to be belittling but illustrative only.) The scriptures are spiritually discerned and not for the non spiritual mind. God himself says it sounds like foolishness unless your are of faith.

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      You’ve already had it explained to you multiple times why this argument is nonsense. Why do you insist on dishonesty as a way of life?

    • viaten

      And how does one become “of faith”? By reading the Bible?

      • WillThor

        You will only think the bible makes sense if you think the bible makes sense.

        I’m so bored of this type of “argument,” and engaging over it will just start a “discussion” that leads absolutely nowhere.

        • viaten

          More specifically, some people will “buy into” the Bible when they have already decided they want to, and then sometimes they don’t see the need to even bother reading it in detail. And they’ll also say things like “Go read the Bible.” when they can’t answer critical questions.

    • baal

      Exegesis: critical explanation or interpretation of a text

      So unless someone tells you what teh bibly means, you don’t know what it means? Did god intend for some words to be in it that are not in it? Or that normal reading skills will lead you to not understand his wisdom? Couldn’t he have done better?

  • grindstone

    Jesus wept.
    #AnnotateMe!

  • Jay

    They went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

    #AnnotateMe!

    • baal

      I had to look this one up. total wtf-ery.
      Matthew 8:32

  • DareJ

    When I heard the sound of his voice, I fell down upon my face in a deep sleep. (Daniel 10:9)

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Esau Yakub

    We are moving away from iphones & towards androids. App developer’s need to tap this growing market. I’ll pay for this app

  • Chad G

    This was recently posted on a FB friend’s wall as self-explanatory.

    Matthew 11:28-30 – 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

  • Alice

    “You may not eat any corpse, though you may give it to the resident foreigner who is living in your villages and he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner. You are a people holy to the LORD your God.” -Deuteronomy 14:21

    “Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ass” Deuteronomy 22:4

    “Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel.” -Song of Solomon 3:7

  • Heina Dadabhoy

    2 Kings 2: 23 Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him, and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!”

    #AnnotateMe

  • Coolred38

    Deuteronomy 25:11-12
    When two men are fighting and the wife of one
    intervenes to save her husband from the blows of his opponent, if she
    stretches out her hand and seizes the latter by his private parts, you
    shall chop off her hand without pity
    #AnnotateMe!

    First written documentation of BDSM?

  • poliltimmy

    iphone/ipad only surely you jest?

  • ScottBailey

    “But Onan knew that the child would not be his; so whenever he slept with his brother’s wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from providing offspring for his brother.”

    God hates the Rhythm Method!

    #AnnotateMe

  • http://abb3w.livejournal.com/ abb3w

    How about a pair of verses?

    Isaiah 40:28

    Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
    The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
    He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.

    Isaiah 43:24

    You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me,
    or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices.
    But you have burdened me with your sins
    and wearied me with your offenses.

    #AnnotateMe!

  • http://www.last.fm/user/MetalHeadCrab MetalHeadCrab

    And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.”

    Context doesn’t help this verse in any way. Lot offers his daughters in place of the men (angels).

    Genesis 19:5

    #AnnotateMe!

  • Thomas

    Genesis 19:36, “So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father.” #AnnotateMe!


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