Cotton Patch



A very interesting modern version is a translation by Clarence Jordan published as the Cotton Patch Version in 1968-1973. The Cotton Patch Version is a local dialect version for the southern United States, particularly the area around Atlanta, Georgia.

To say that the Cotton Patch Version translates the Bible freely would be an understatement. Local place names are substituted for Biblical ones and modern day equivalents of ideas, names, and classes of people are used in place of the actual text.



The Cotton Patch Version of Luke and Acts: Jesus’ Doings and the Happenings, by Clarence Jordan
A modern translation with a Southern accent; fervent, earthy, rich in humor. The Cotton Patch translations are the most unusual translations of the Bible available. More information on the Cotton Patch translations is available elsewhere on this site. Paperback.



The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John, by Clarence Jordan
A modern translation with a Southern accent; fervent, earthy, rich in humor. Including the Gospel of Matthew (except for the “begat” verses) and the first eight chapters of the Gospel of John. In these pages, Clarence Jordan brings to fresh life some of the best-loved stories from these two familiar gospels. Paperback.



The Cotton Patch Version of Paul’s Epistles, by Clarence Jordan
A colloquial translation with a Southern accent, vigorous and fervent for the gospel, unsparing in earthiness, rich in humor. Paperback.



The Cotton Patch Version of Hebrews and the General Epistles, by Clarence Jordan
A colloquial translation with a Southern accent. Paperback.



Cotton Patch Gospel: VHS
A filmed stage-play recounting the story of Jesus as set in modern day Georgia with music and reverent humor added. Essentially a one man show with a cast of four musicians fleshing out many of the Biblical characters. The music and lyrics were completed by folk singer Harry Chapin shortly before his death in 1981. Based on the Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John, by Clarence Jordan, in which the gospel is presented in the setting of rural Georgia with country music songs. Musical score by Harry Chapin. Directed by Michael Meese and Russell Treyz. VHS.



Cotton Patch Parables of Liberation, by Clarence Jordan and Bill Lane Doulos
Clarence Jordan and Bill Lane Doulos move beyond slick words and familiar interpretations to discover crucial meaning for today. Jesus’ parables reveal that religion, wealth, and culture tend to imprison us. In his parables, Christ clothes his most radical ideas in the garb of farmers, merchants, and field hands, familiar to the audience that he was speaking to. These familiar characters disarm the audience and set them up for the message. Properly understood, the parables of Jesus can liberate us and lead us into the kingdom of God. With a strong flavor of the south, Jordan’s Cotton Patch version of the parables is intertwined with incisive comments from his lectures, sermons, and writings. Doulos provides challenging observations. This unusual interpretation permits Christ’s parables to come alive through imaginative paraphrase, careful analysis, and searing application. Paperback.



Cotton Patch for the Kingdom : Clarence Jordan’s Demonstration Plot at Koinonia Farm, by Ann Louise Cobal
"This book gives you an in-depth look at and a real understanding of the man Clarence Jordan and the Koinonia "experiment." You’ll be moved by what you read here and, I hope, changed to be more like Jesus."

--Millard Fuller, from the Foreword

When Clarence Jordan left the seminary to start Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia, in the early 1940s, his efforts to live as he believed that God would have him live did not go unnoticed. Even during the height of World War II, Koinonia Farm was dedicated to pacifism, and to racial equality in southern Georgia, at a time when such was not the norm.

In this new interpretation and analysis of Clarence Jordan, founder of Koinonia Farm and author of the Cotton Patch Bible, Ann Louise Coble discovers a life and a community wholly connected to Jesus Christ, with a vision to create a "demonstration plot for the kingdom of God."

"Coble has given us an accurate, highly engaging introduction to the life story of Jordan and the Koinonia Farm community. Reading this book has inspired me to turn to the theme of incarnational discipleship in a new way."

--Glen H. Stassen, Fuller Theological Seminary