For religious Kanye West fans, a Bible is now available on Etsy that replaces every mention of God’s name in the book of Genesis with West’s, Consequence of Sound first reported. Etsy user The Book of Yeezus is selling the hardback book, with a gold-leaf imprinted title on the cover, for $20. The idea was sparked as a need for Generation Y to have a superstar that will “accompany that generation through it’s evolution, being a part of and ultimately shaping its identity.”
“At it’s simplest, it is the book of Genesis, modified to feature “Kanye” or “Yeezus” in the place of God or Y—A,” the Etsy site states. “‘In the beginning Kanye created the heaven and the earth… And Kanye said, Let there be light: and there was light.'”
The user describes the book as a “Bible for the New Age” that celebrates the “grandeur of mega-icon Kanye West.”
But why Kanye West?
“Each generation champions a superstar so consistently relevant that they come to accompany that generation through it’s evolution, being a part of and ultimately shaping its identity,” write the creators of the book on their Etsy page. Past superstars they mentioned in the same vein as Yeezus include Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson.
But Kanye, they point out, represents a sort of spiritual, cultural figure for millennials.
The creators not only wanted to focus on a major cultural figure, they also wanted to focus on a major cultural object, interpreting it’s role and significance in the 21st century. The Book of Yeezus is less of a joke and more of statement, or as the creators described on their Etsy page, “an editorial art piece.”
The Book of Genesis is also a story of creation and origin, making Kanye, a figure who has grown to larger-than-life proportions in the new millenium, a relevant figure to focus on. “What if the Bible, the most singularly significant publication in the ancient canon of Western tradition, were updated to reflect our modern society?” the creators asked. “What would it look like?”by