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Returning the Bible to Fantasy

Posted by NT Wrong on August 29, 2008

“The Bible must be taken out of context. Re-turned to and into fantasy.”
– Jack Zipes. “The Messianic Power of Fantasy in the Bible.” Semeia 60 (1992):7-21, 8.

Paul Farrell returns the Bible to fantasy in his collection of children’s Bible stories, Illustrated Stories from the Bible (that they won’t tell you in Sunday School) .

His book includes all the children’s favourites, including ‘Jeptha’s daughter’, ‘Little Gershom’s Penis’ (Gershom is Zipporah’s son), ‘Moses Helps God to Understand’ (Num 13-14), and ‘When Jesus Drowned the Pigs’.

This page is from ‘The Slaughter of the Midianites’, which always gets the kiddies off to dream-land:

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2 Responses to “Returning the Bible to Fantasy”

  1. Patrick said

    Wow! Finally, someone has had the guts to illustrate the Bible stories that no one else will. These pictures may be shocking but, if you actually READ the Bible, this is the kind of thing that Yahweh did. That picture with the pregnant woman getting killed is REAL! Moses ordered all non-virgin girls killed. Should we pretend certain things from the Bible never happened?

  2. “Finally, someone has had the guts to illustrate the Bible stories that no one else will.”

    Clearly you’ve never run across Basil Wolverton before. Only these illustrations were used on children, and were not meant as satire, unfortunately.

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