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The world’s best selling book of all time in hard hitting comic book action format!
Unlike any other comic rendition of the Bible this one will be completely unabridged.
The benefits of this are that when you've read through the comic, you will have read through the whole biblical text - nothing will have been missed. The pictures will help you to keep reading and will aid your understanding by providing full context.
Also this means no parts of the stories are overlooked or avoided (for example, the Levite's concubine, Jepthah's sacrifice, or brides for the Danites). All parts of the story are important (1 Tim 3:16) and, in my experience, it's the details that help you understand the full story and characters.
DOESN'T PULL ITS PUNCHES:
This graphic novel will not shy away from any issue the Bible addresses. Unfortunately, due to the corruption of mankind, these issues include violence, kidnapping, cold-blooded murder, even rape and infanticide. This work will not glamorize evil of any kind, nor will it be explicit or dwell on these things, but it will cover all the lessons that the Bible teaches.
This comic will therefore not be suitable for anyone under the age of 15 and even then will include parental advisory warnings.
The aim of this is to bridge the gap between illustrated children’s Bibles that use a soft touch to tell God’s story and the harsh and shocking events of the Biblical text, which not only encourages and instructs but also ‘cuts to the heart’.
Using the best scholarship available and a range of sources I have tried to link the event to as specific a time period as possible and include much historical detail. For example, at the start of the “Judges” period chariots have four spokes in the wheels, half way through the three centuries technology moves on and chariot wheels have six spokes. Another example is found in the pottery, which is different and distinct to each period and nation. This level of detail is intended to immerse the reader in the story, helping to contextualize the world that these people lived in. Also, the range of styles, fashions and traditions give a richness that text alone will lack.
Another element is the correct ethnicity of the heroes and their enemies, to help understand the spectrum of people found in the Bible. All too often we see a Western Jesus or expect the characters to act like people of our own culture or nation and forget this is, in the most part, a Middle Eastern tale.
Lastly, maps interspersed into the story help pinpoint the action and also highlight the times that significant events happen on the same turf or nearby to other significant events. For example, the site where Abraham offered his son and the link with the later story of God offering of his own son.
TRUE TO THE TEXT:
This, of all elements, is the most important. Some of the accuracy is taken care of with the historicity and cultural context, but here we are talking doctrine. This work embraces a view of inerrant scripture, of expositional constancy and that the canon of scripture is an integrated whole. For example, if there are differing views on a verse by scholars I will side with the more literal interpretation of the text and the one truest to the original Greek or Hebrew.
They say a picture paints "a thousand words" and this is one of the primary struggles for the illustrator because one has to provide these "thousand words", to be constant and not "add to scripture" (Rev 22:18). Where possible I use this extra content to help fit the current text into the wider scripture or purposes of God. For example, to create a view of Samson consistent with both the story in the book of Judges and the passages in New Testament (Hebrews 11:32-33) by balancing his obvious failings with times of prayer, faith and reliance on God.