Adding the Next Testament to the Old and New Testaments created a perfect storm, a Holy Bible Trilogy.
In print and in film, trilogies have been raised as standard-bearers of epic- nay, Biblical- creative endeavors. Though conceived as a single voluminous work, J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings, was broken up by his publisher into a trilogy. “The” trilogy for geeks reared in the 1970’s and 80’s is the original Star Wars trilogy, paradoxically numbered four, five, and six. A second trilogy was produced by George Lucas, and a third is currently in production by Disney. How can a film series that will number nine movies and beyond be seen as the ultimate trilogy? The Pirates of the Caribbean was a popular trilogy that has added a fourth film to its canon. A singular short novel, The Hobbit, ballooned into a cinematic trilogy.
But film is not the only media overrunning with trilogies. The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo is a great literary trilogy, that has also added a posthumous fourth book by another author. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman is a popular trilogy, as is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; even Noble Prize worthy works cannot escape the phenomenon, The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiese for example. The Divine Comedy was a medieval masterwork trilogy, and perhaps the first trilogy was penned by Sophocles: the Oedipus Cycle.
Within moments of publishing The Holy Bible Trilogy: The Old, New, and Next Testaments, Rev. R.D. Brown, χξς was thunderstruck by the inspiration from God to find first person accounts of the Crusades, written nearly ten centuries ago. I did not believe I would be able to cobble together such a work without burying myself in musty old tomes in the largest university libraries, while mastering Latin in order read, let alone, translate the centuries old documents into English. Little did I know that in the age of the worldwide web, that century old English translations had been scanned by the Google Book program and made available online in such resources as Archive.org and the Hathi Trust Digital Library. What a wonderful and truly unique age to live in!
While I knew I was to call the work The Crusadic Testament (coining adjectives is the least of my crimes), but would the testament be part of The Holy Bible Quadrilogy? And what if similar inspiration strikes for further Testaments, would the series bloat to The Holy Bible Quintilogy, Sextilogy, Septilogy, Octilogy, et cetera ad nauseam!? Of course not. The Crusadic Testament would be the fourth testament of The Holy Bible Trilogy.
Grammar police be damned.