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Bix
June 6th, 2009, 03:12 PM
The Manga Bible, shown here (http://www.amazon.com/Manga-Bible-Genesis-Revelation/dp/0385524315/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244315189&sr=8-1) adapts the Old and New Testament in a manga-type formats. It apparently depicts Jesus as a strong, silent, samurai type.

Is this blasphemy, or is it just reaching out to a market that that a traditional Bible wouldn't reach?

LostSheep
June 6th, 2009, 04:13 PM
As regards the book, i don't think it seems blasphemous, or disrespectful, I think it sounds like an imaginative idea to appeal to a new audience and perhaps encourage them to challenge the preconceptions they may have had about Jesus. I think a "warrior" idea of Jesus isn't offensive, in fact I think that's sometimes the kind of idea I have of him, if you think how warrior codes were all about ethics and standing up for what was right, etc. As regards the review, though, I'm not so sure.... :hrmm:

Agaliha
June 6th, 2009, 04:17 PM
There's also the Bible Illuminated. The creator was on the Colbert Report a few days ago.

Bible Illuminated | A New Illuminated Bible (http://bibleilluminated.com/) -- main site, has examples and a sample PDF download
Amazon.com: Bible Illuminated: The Book New Testament (http://www.amazon.com/Bible-Illuminated-Book-New-Testament/dp/919766944X)


It looks more like a magazine, than a Bible.
I was curious about what people thought of it...

Sequoia
June 6th, 2009, 05:58 PM
That "Manga Bible" looks poorly-drawn... I'm not impressed. I read the first few pages, and it was more like a Western comic than a manga. The text seemed poorly-written. It was difficult to tell what was going on, and the artwork was less than impressive. I've seen far better hastily-drawn comedy manga. Maybe a hard copy would be a bit different, but somehow I doubt it.

The Bible Illuminated seems interesting enough, though I didn't get a good look at it because my dad's PDF reader is messed up for some reason (and I'm at my dad's house atm).

angle kitsune
June 6th, 2009, 06:21 PM
seems interresting. i think it needs to be used with a normal bible. i think ALOT of things needed to fully understand the bible will be left out and it would be harder to apply spacific parts to your life without seeing it as a whole. i feel at best it would be helpfull in a persons first reading of the bible but should be fallowed up with a reading of a terditional bible.

Nox_Mortus
June 6th, 2009, 06:25 PM
I read parts of the manga bible, it looks like it was done by westerners who where trying to latch onto a fadd instead of actual manga artists, also I was extremely dissapointed in how they chose to portray Jesus, I was hoping he would be portrayed as a giant robot.

David19
June 7th, 2009, 06:43 AM
I read parts of the manga bible, it looks like it was done by westerners who where trying to latch onto a fadd instead of actual manga artists, also I was extremely dissapointed in how they chose to portray Jesus, I was hoping he would be portrayed as a giant robot.

Personally, a robot Jesus would look shit, IMO, I think a warrior image is quite cool for him to have, and is sometimes how I picture him (fighting for what's right, against dark Powers, etc, kind of like Buffy!).

I've never heard of either of these 2, but, they sound quite cool, I may have to check them out, The Illuminated Bible sounds quite cool, although, it must be quite small, I mean if it's only 283 pages (and the other one is similar), it must leave out a lot of stuff too.

Personally, I'd like to check out some of Douglas Rushkoff's 'Testament' series (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testament_(comics)) (I'd also like to check out some of his other works, like 'Media Virus' (http://www.amazon.com/Media-Virus-Douglas-Rushkoff/dp/0345397746/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244370214&sr=1-1)).

Anyway, I don't think it's blasphemy, it's just a way to reach people, probably a better way 'cause, it might avoid the dry bits.

Bix
June 7th, 2009, 11:05 AM
I don't see the Manga Bible as blasphemy...but I do think it would be better as a stepping stone into getting people interested in reading the Bible. I think younger people just reading the Manga Bible in lieu of an unabridged version would give them wrong impressions.

I personally do not see Jesus as a warrior figure but more as a calm, teacher type...but to each their own.

Infinite Grey
June 7th, 2009, 11:13 AM
I own a Manga Bible - my Mother bought it for me in an attempt to reconvert her atheist son :smileroll

Bix
June 7th, 2009, 11:15 AM
I own a Manga Bible - my Mother bought for me in an attempt to reconvert her atheist son :smileroll

That's kinda funny actually. :)

David19
June 7th, 2009, 09:18 PM
I own a Manga Bible - my Mother bought for me in an attempt to reconvert her atheist son :smileroll

Was it any good? (I'm saying that as someone who's never actually read Manga so, I can't really judge it).

ignescentphoenix
June 7th, 2009, 09:22 PM
Do you read it from right to left like all the good ones?

Bix
June 8th, 2009, 01:02 AM
Do you read it from right to left like all the good ones?

I would assume not...since it pretty westernized...

Louisvillian
June 8th, 2009, 01:22 AM
The Manga Bible, shown here (http://www.amazon.com/Manga-Bible-Genesis-Revelation/dp/0385524315/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244315189&sr=8-1) adapts the Old and New Testament in a manga-type formats. It apparently depicts Jesus as a strong, silent, samurai type.

Is this blasphemy, or is it just reaching out to a market that that a traditional Bible wouldn't reach?
EDIT:
Looked at the first couple pages.
Yeah...looks like crap. Poorly and crudely drawn; more like trying to imitate manga art style, and failing brutally at it. Do not want.

DoktorSick
June 8th, 2009, 02:18 AM
I waiting on the hentai bible.I think that one will be more graphic and better suit the stories of the bible.

David19
June 8th, 2009, 05:32 PM
Do you read it from right to left like all the good ones?


I would assume not...since it pretty westernized...

So, in traditional Manga, you read it from right to left?, it may explain why I've never felt pulled to it at all.


EDIT:
Looked at the first couple pages.
Yeah...looks like crap. Poorly and crudely drawn; more like trying to imitate manga art style, and failing brutally at it. Do not want.

Maybe they should have hired a professional Manga artist to draw it.


I waiting on the hentai bible.I think that one will be more graphic and better suit the stories of the bible.

What's hentai?.

Corvis Canis Latrans
June 8th, 2009, 05:40 PM
What's hentai?.

Simple answer: Pornographic anime.

DoktorSick
June 8th, 2009, 06:57 PM
So, in traditional Manga, you read it from right to left?, it may explain why I've never felt pulled to it at all.



Maybe they should have hired a professional Manga artist to draw it.



What's hentai?.

If you are over 18 google it and see what comes up.

Louisvillian
June 8th, 2009, 07:06 PM
What's hentai?.
O___o
Oh, come on man. You cannot be serious here.
This is the internet. You should know what hentai is and seen at least thirty-four examples of it.


Simple answer: Pornographic anime.
Well, in common parlance, cartoon pornography in the manga/anime art style. Though now, it's expanded to mean generally any pornographic cartoon.

Sequoia
June 8th, 2009, 08:54 PM
If you are over 18 google it and see what comes up.

While you're at it, google "Yaoi". Enjoy. :)

Corvis Canis Latrans
June 9th, 2009, 02:35 PM
Well, in common parlance, cartoon pornography in the manga/anime art style. Though now, it's expanded to mean generally any pornographic cartoon.

Yeah, I knew I was oversimplifying, but got the general idea across...;)

Infinite Grey
June 9th, 2009, 04:15 PM
I waiting on the hentai bible.I think that one will be more graphic and better suit the stories of the bible.

OMG! The Holy Spirit is Impregnating Mary... With TENTACLES!

Louisvillian
June 9th, 2009, 04:19 PM
If you are over 18 google it and see what comes up.
18? Bah. I was looking it up when I was 13. :toofless:


OMG! The Holy Spirit is Impregnating Mary... With TENTACLES!
And you know there's a pic of it out there. The Rules state so (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Rule%2034).

David19
June 9th, 2009, 08:43 PM
Simple answer: Pornographic anime.

Ok, I have seen examples of it then (although only really pictures on some gay porn sites, it doesn't really do much for me, as I kind of like my guys to be, well, real).


O___o
Oh, come on man. You cannot be serious here.
This is the internet. You should know what hentai is and seen at least thirty-four examples of it.


Well, in common parlance, cartoon pornography in the manga/anime art style. Though now, it's expanded to mean generally any pornographic cartoon.

I have seen it, I just didn't know what it was called (I'm not into Manga/Hentai/all the other related stuff).

Cunae
June 24th, 2009, 07:18 AM
Funny this should come up. I ran across the manga Messiah a couple of days ago and I like it! I never did think of Christ as a weakling. How could He be and endure what He did?

David19
June 24th, 2009, 08:10 PM
Funny this should come up. I ran across the manga Messiah a couple of days ago and I like it! I never did think of Christ as a weakling. How could He be and endure what He did?

What was The Manga Jesus Messiah like?.

Cunae
June 25th, 2009, 06:47 AM
What was The Manga Jesus Messiah like?.


It's my first exposure to manga so I am not sure I'm the one to ask. I thought the artwork was fantastic and the story told accurately. The story of Christ is indeed an adventure/action/love story, eh?

Bix
June 25th, 2009, 11:20 AM
It's my first exposure to manga so I am not sure I'm the one to ask. I thought the artwork was fantastic and the story told accurately. The story of Christ is indeed an adventure/action/love story, eh?

Could you give a link to this Messiah book?

Cunae
June 25th, 2009, 01:14 PM
Could you give a link to this Messiah book?


I imagine it's on Amazon.com. Maybe other sites show more of the artwork. Our youth pastor has the actual copy and I am reading it while he is away with the kids at camp. Pretty cool to see Christ as an action hero in a "comic book".


Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manga_Bible_(series))

Nicholas
June 25th, 2009, 01:16 PM
omg! The holy spirit is impregnating mary... With tentacles!

ftw! Wait... isn't that flying spaghetti monster territory! *GASP*

Sekhmet Soul30
September 18th, 2010, 06:45 PM
I saw the pictures from the Manga Bible and I was impressed that they would put so much work into something that's to make the bible more exciting. I'm personally going to buy the book and see what happens. Imagine opening that up in church.