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The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation Paperback – January 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385524315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385524315
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

One wouldn't imagine that Siku, onetime artist for postmodern bloodfest Judge Dredd, would be the ideal choice for a manga-style graphic novel adaptation of the Bible, but not many pages have passed before it becomes clear that the Bible is, in fact, the perfect material for him. This audacious little book doesn't make much effort to be authoritative and include every last Old Testament begatting or bloody massacre. Instead Siku presents jazzy and irreverent riffs on the good book, leaping brazenly over whole reams of material and scattering behind numerous Want to Know More tags directing readers to more explanatory chapter and verse. The action is breezy and flip, drawn in a sharp and Anglicized manga style. The dialogue is not just laced with humorously incongruous Britishisms (My maths has never been very good!) but with slangy passages worthy of the CW Network (Cain to Abel, Whassup, bro?). Although the book (already a hit in the U.K.) is being released via Doubleday's Galilee imprint and is clearly targeted at youthful believers, it makes little attempt to sanitize the grottier aspects of the source material, as witnessed in the scene where a crowd of Sodom's citizens bellow, Bring out those men so that we can rape them! (Jan.)
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Grade 10 Up–British cartoonist and theology student Siku, perhaps best known for his work on Judge Dredd, offers a concise, well-staged, and fulsome take on the Bible. Because of the character-driven nature of his art, the accounts tend toward the best story pieces, with lots of Genesis included (Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Abraham and Sarah, and more), as well as stories from other Old Testament books such as Joshua and Ruth, through which readers can become acquainted with the individuals. The New Testament collapses many books into a couple of sections but includes several of Jesus's parables and ends with a surprise twist on the Book of Revelation. While costuming tends toward a kind of storied old Middle East (and women's forms are visible but always clothed), an occasional story line will have some updated visual metaphor attached to it: a mid-20th-century crime boss or a nuclear warhead, for instance. Each story includes a marginal tab directing readers to the book, chapter, and verse where a more traditional account can be found in the Bible. Accessible, respectful, and creative, this is an excellent resource both for manga-loving teens who are familiar with The Book and for teens who have no familiarity with the traditional text and are looking for an engaging overview.–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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I love the application of a lot of manga styles to the story and art.
Michael John Mifsud
Plus, I like the chapter-and-verse references sprinkled through the book -- so readers can check out the full version of the stories in the Bible itself.
David Crumm
I would recommend it to anyone who needs help getting into reading the bible.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By David Crumm on February 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Even though this is a thick manga-style graphic novel, obviously its not the whole Bible -- nor is it the only possible interpretation of the Bible's sacred text. So, with those potential assumptions set aside, you're likely to really enjoy this vivid "take" on the Bible's highlights.

Research into Americans' Bible-reading habits has shown repeatedly that Americans love to own Bibles -- often more than one. The problem is that we frequently can't find time to read our Bibles, or we get stuck in a rut of a single version or two. Even if we love the Bible and read it regularly, most of us are always looking for fresh ways to re-envision these powerful, timeless stories.

When I first got my copy of this book, opened the first page of Genesis -- I was lost for the next couple of hours!

Plus, I like the chapter-and-verse references sprinkled through the book -- so readers can check out the full version of the stories in the Bible itself.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By emo13 on July 7, 2012
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first of all, I love this book. it turned out to be more than I was expecting. the art is great even in black and white. I like how the author included references to the stories in the bible to expand the readers understanding of the stories. for the most part I feel that the biblical account was treated very respectfully with this being am attempt to put a new perspective on it.
the only real concern I have is a few instances of nudity. I completly understand that the bible deals with some pretty heavy stuff, specifically speaking of the old testament right now. there are stories of adultery and other things and there are no punches pulled, no attempt to sanitize it. that's what a truthful witness (thw bible) does. with that said, I feel that the author didn't need to show certain images so graphically, especially if this is geared toward younger readers. even if its meant for older kids the younger ones will still pick it up. specifically the stories of adam and eve (of course), ruth, and especially david and bathsheeba. I think the points could have been made in a less edgy way. now I don't feel like the images were meant to stimulate, but depending on who is reading, you never know, especially with younger kids. so parents be warned about that. I was able to "edit" my copy to lessen the impact a little, so that's an option.
otherwise I love how the book flows and it is great as a supplementary reader. I sometimes have a very hard time reading especially long passages or those very involved sentences in pauls letters. Having a picture in my mind really helps me keep track of my thoughts. this book is great for that. there are lots of books passed over, but I understand that.
another thing I like is how the gospels are combined into one narrative with a few parables of Jesus inserted in strategic places.
overall, I really love this adaptation and enjoy reading it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anderson Silva on March 18, 2008
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Fun to read, and to use your imagination. I wish it covered more stories of the Bible. My favorite fact is that it tells the story in chronological order, which if someone were to try to do by reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, they wouldn't be able to w/o some historical background.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Murl J. Sprout Jr. on February 9, 2012
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First, I should say I couldn't care less about the art - it could be stick figures for all I care. Telling the story and stories effectively and accurately are what is important. This is the Word of God, right? Everyone raves about "The Action Bible" which is boring and, surely, makes every one who reads it never want to read The Bible again. The Manga Bible, on the other hand, seems to have been written by someone who cares far more about the material and what it means than most of the useless and downright painful literature of faith available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Mease on August 5, 2010
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The author took a straightforward approach to the bible, covering a selection of the stories in order as they appear in the Book itself. A few noteworthy books are left out, such as Job and Ecclesiastes, but this accords with the historical narrative the comic tries to create. The characters here have all the cunning and intrigue of their biblical origins--many lines are directly quoted passages. The comic also provides references at the feet of many pages, encouraging readers to return to the appropriate source verses. This isn't much of a devotional text--the Magna Bible covers the stories of the original, but places little emphasis on the religious relationship of the Jews and their God, of Jesus and his flock. Instead, the authors focus on battles and conflict, as may be expected.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael John Mifsud on June 21, 2008
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This is a great interpretation and summary of the old and new testament. I have some very minor theological quibbles with the summary but it is easy to see that this was a labour of love for both Siku and Akin. I love the application of a lot of manga styles to the story and art. I only wish it was longer and in colour - much like the gorgeous Heavy Metal work Siku has done in the past.

I think it is a great for any Christian who has an interest in the comic form or any anime/manga fan in general. Its an excellent way to introduce such fans to the Biblical account. Perhaps a Japanese language version one day as well?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angi on July 11, 2013
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This Bible will interest teens. The pictures and set up will grab their attention. I bought this for a gift for Children's Church.
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