The brick Bible A new spin on the Old Testament

Brendan Powell Smith

Book - 2011

Retells ten books from the Old Testament with illustrations created with LEGO toys.

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Published
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing 2011.
Language
English
Item Description
"This is an original, modern interpretation of the Bible, based on older public domain translations such as the King James Bible, Darby's Bible, and Young's Literal Bible. In addition, modern English Bible translations were used as references, and the author consulted the original Hebrew for certain passages"--T.p. verso.
Physical Description
271 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
ISBN
9781616084219
1616084219
Main Author
Brendan Powell Smith (-)
  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy
  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Samuel
  • Kings
  • Chronicles.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The subtitle for Smith's curious and curiously powerful graphic novel, which recreates scenes from the Old Testament using Lego bricks and photographing them, is something of a misnomer. As Smith points out in his introduction, part of the reason he took on this project was because of his surprise over how few people have actually read the Bible. Although there is certainly humor in seeing this treatment (the circumcision scene in Genesis is painfully funny), in the main Smith plays it straight. In that sense, it really isn't a "new spin" but an off-kilter way of retelling it. Picking up some of the world-weary humor that Larry Gonick perfected for his Cartoon History series, Smith relates one degrading spectacle after another. God is a vengeful and cruel being, forever disappointed in and savagely punishing his chosen people when not demanding that they invade neighboring cities and slaughter every last one of its inhabitants. Funny or not, there is a grindhouse flick's worth of blood, corpses, enslavement, rapine, and decapitations, all of it cribbed straight from the good book itself. It's an eye-opener. The Old Testament took 10 years to pose; hopefully it won't take another decade for the New Testament. (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Retells the stories from Old Testament with illustrations created with LEGO toys.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

“What Brendan Powell Smith has done with LEGOs goes beyond remarkable; it borders on genius.”—The Chicago TribuneWhat could be more fun for children than reading Bible stories and seeing the tales illustrated with LEGO bricks? Here are the stories of Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, The Tower of Babel, and so much more in glorious full color!Brendan Powell Smith has spent years creating nearly 5,000 scenes from the bible—with LEGOs. His wonderfully original creations offer the Old Testament from creation to the Books of Kings,The Holy Bible is complex; sometimes dark, and other times joyous, and Smith’s masterful work makes it accessible to young boys and girls by using toys to tell our most important stories in a brand-new way.The beauty of The Brick Bible is that everyone, from the most devout Christians and Jews to nonbelievers, will find something revealing fascinating, or entertaining within this collection. Smith’s subtle touch brings out the nuances of each scene and makes you reconsider the way you look at LEGOs and The Bible.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"The Good Book" meets "The Brick."

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Brendan Powell Smith has spent the last decade creating nearly 5,000 scenes from the bible—with Legos. His wonderfully original sets are featured on his website, Bricktestament.com, but for the first time 1,500 photographs of these creative designs—depicting the Old Testament from Earth’s creation to the Books of Kings—are brought together in book format. The Holy Bible is complex; sometimes dark, and other times joyous, and Smith’s masterful work is a far cry from what a small child might build. The beauty of The Brick Bible is that everyone, from the devout to nonbelievers, will find something breathtaking, fascinating, or entertaining within this collection. Smith’s subtle touch brings out the nuances of each scene and makes you reconsider the way you look at Legos—it’s something that needs to be seen to be believed.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

“What Brendan Powell Smith has done with LEGOs goes beyond remarkable; it borders on genius.”—The Chicago TribuneWhat could be more fun for children than reading Bible stories and seeing the tales illustrated with LEGO bricks? Here are the stories of Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, The Tower of Babel, and so much more in glorious full color!Brendan Powell Smith has spent years creating nearly 5,000 scenes from the bible—with LEGOs. His wonderfully original creations offer the Old Testament from creation to the Books of Kings,The Holy Bible is complex; sometimes dark, and other times joyous, and Smith’s masterful work makes it accessible to young boys and girls by using toys to tell our most important stories in a brand-new way.The beauty of The Brick Bible is that everyone, from the most devout Christians and Jews to nonbelievers, will find something revealing fascinating, or entertaining within this collection. Smith’s subtle touch brings out the nuances of each scene and makes you reconsider the way you look at LEGOs and The Bible.