The scripture in pictures – a new look at an old book

There are a variety of condensed and edited versions of the Bible which make it more readable,
such as “The Bible For Dummies” by Jeffrey Geoghegan and Michael Homan, or “A Child’s First
Bible” by Kenneth N. Taylor if you’re feeling really lazy about it.

There's even an entire series of manga Bible stories which give you the bare bones of the Bible
in a really easy to read format without making you feel under seven or eight years old.
The first of these is called: “Manga Bible, Vol. 1: Names, Games, and the Long Road Trip
(Genesis, Exodus)” by Young Shin Lee.

This book is a great jumping off point for those who have little to no exposure to the Bible. The
illustrations are easy to skim over, the dialogue easy to follow, and it’d be easy to pick up from
your local library. It’s so easy that you probably wouldn’t have to be sober to read it, to be
perfectly honest.

For those who have had more, or any, exposure to Bible stories, I’d recommend something
else. You’ll likely find yourself bored with this series because it’s about as simplistic as it can get
without being insulting.

I would caution anyone reading to keep in mind that it’s a very highly filtered series written by
and for religious folks, and in no sense complete. I don’t believe any version of a book as
simplistic as the “Manga Bible” series can truly be representative of a book as complex and
societally relevant as the Bible, but it sure is a good way to get your feet wet.

Like many people, I'm intrigued by the Bible. I'd like to learn more, in fact I'd like to learn all
there is to know about this incredibly popular, staggeringly influential, constantly referenced
book. Now I'm not a religious person and I have no intention of becoming so, as it stands there's
no religion I would consider converting to. I'm a firm believer in "I don't know."

But we're talking about a book that guides – and sometimes dictates – people's entire lives, not
being curious about that would be odd, and developing an understanding of the Bible helps
develop a further understanding of those who live by it.

Unfortunately, the Bible is not the briefest or most readable book. Not only is it very long, but the
language is so antiquated, the time and culture so foreign, that I'm concerned if I just started
reading my eyes would bleed.

Thankfully religious and nonreligious people alike recognize that those who want to learn more
don't necessarily have the time or education to plumb the depths of such a book and
understand it. So if you’re like me, eager to learn more but simultaneously lazy and busy, then
give the “Manga Bible” series a shot. Thanks to all the pictures, it requires very little reading.

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