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48 Reddit comments about The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb:

u/Altilana · 75 pointsr/ATBGE

Except that’s not what happens. They eat of the fruit of knowledge which is what kicks them out. It’s an allegory for adulthood/leaving behind innocence, knowing the difference between right/ wrong and being self aware enough to feel shame (hence covering the body.) The creation story is an explanation why humanity isn’t childlike, and living in paradise. A lot of modern translations have tamed down the sexual language in scripture but there is a shit ton of sex, and sex play going on in the Bible. The Book of Genesis by Robert Crumb is a silly read but good at shocking people into realize how much sex goes on in the Bible.

u/KnowsAboutMath · 10 pointsr/atheism

Well, we've already got The Book of Genesis by R. Crumb.

(It's actually really good.)

u/sailorjupiter28titan · 9 pointsr/WitchesVsPatriarchy

This is a page from R. Crumb's illustrated Book of Genesis. He's got a commentary section at the end where he talks about Savina Teubal's book Sarah the Priestess: The First Matriarch of Genesis

make sure to view the second image in the gallery

u/woodrail · 8 pointsr/comics

hardcover 11 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches 224 pages of Robert Crumb goodness. $14.58 at Amazon

I bought it immediately of course. If you don't know Crumb then you have a wonderful surprise waiting.

u/piperson · 8 pointsr/graphicnovels

Jason is kind of unique. He tells fiction with often long passages of no words. He has a really subtle sense of humor. You would have to look to alt comix for similar comics, stuff like;

Daniel Clowes - He's got a dry sense of humor and often writes satirically about life and culture. You can check out the movies he made with Terry Zwigoff, Ghost World and Art School Confidential.

Charles Burns' work is often surreal and some what disturbing though fascinating at the same time. he is most famous for his massive Black Hole about teen age STD's gone wild. He just finished a trilogy which is part auto bio and part surreal dream sequences, X'ed Out, The Hive, and Sugar Scull

I guess you could include David Mazzucchelli's Asterios Polyp in this group of similar works though it's really original. It's about an architect that goes through a midlife crisis though it's one of the most inventive graphic novels to ever have been made. He uses every aspect of the comic to communicate to the reader, from the drawings, to the type face, to the color and even the very design of the book. It's a must read experience, thought completely unique.

Robert Crumb often has a dry, satirical sense of humor to his work. He is most famous for his 60's underground comics as shown in the Complete Crumb #4. He's done some really beautiful biographical work like his Patton about country blues musician Charley Patton. His newest work is the illustrated Book of Genesis a massive strait comic adaption of the Bible.

u/chain-of-events · 8 pointsr/todayilearned

R. Crumb has done The Book of Genesis. I have it and it is true to the text raw.

u/vfdfnfgmfvsege · 5 pointsr/politics

This is a good graphic novel version of the bible. Good for people who don't actually want to read it.

u/pleatedzombus · 4 pointsr/occult

His illustrated Book of Genesis is a real treasure.

u/Roller_ball · 4 pointsr/WTF

The artist in the second picture, Crumb, came out with an illustrated bible. It's actually pretty good.

u/Jim-Jones · 4 pointsr/atheism

I recommend this: [The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb] (

Pisses off Christians no end.

> I have not purchased this book, but have read the first chapter online. As a Jew, I am personally affronted by picturing God as an old man with the flowing beard and robes. God is noncorporeal and God's name ineffable, and the Ten Commandments warns us against any kind of god-imagery, which can lead to idolatry.


> The nudity in this book, though probably true, is objectionable, and unnecessary. Not recommended. I would not keep it in my library -- not wanting to sell it, it went to the dumpster.

u/tekko001 · 3 pointsr/comics

I heard he was working on this about two years ago, glad to know its already out, judging by the comments on Amazon its also worth the money... I'm buying it :)

u/infidhell · 3 pointsr/atheism

Only $14 on Amazon I'm buying it. And if it's good, I'll probably give more away on Christmas.

This is my way to support the author/publisher so that can make more comics based on the books of the Bible. And maybe one day, Michael Bay will make a movie out of it.

u/artman · 3 pointsr/

I recommend Robert Crumb's The Book of Genesis. Much more, uh faithful to the text and times. Preview has nsfw Crumb nudes.

u/countjared · 3 pointsr/atheism
u/inkblot81 · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

I've noticed a few on my library shelves, but haven't read them all yet:

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. It's Bechdel's memoir about her father, and an excellent read.

The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti by Rick Geary. It covers a milestone legal case in 20th century US.

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud. It's a text on the nature of comics, in graphic novel form. It's a classic.

The Book of Genesis, illustrated by R. Crumb. He illustrated the entire text of this book of the bible.

And here's a good list from The Atlantic Monthly: (I've read and enjoyed a couple of these titles, so I feel safe in assuming the others are just as good)

u/zzzlater · 3 pointsr/atheism

here is working link

u/TallahasseWaffleHous · 3 pointsr/DebateReligion

Yeah, that's pretty weird.

I may have to re-read my copy of R. Crumb's "Genesis".
While he's not a theologian, He illustrated the entire thing from a very literal and complicated point-of-view. Highly recommend just for the amazing illustrations!

>Crumb became so fascinated by the Bible’s language, “a text so great and so strange that it lends itself readily to graphic depictions,” that he decided instead to do a literal interpretation using the text word for word in a version primarily assembled from the translations of Robert Alter and the King James bible.

u/cypressgreen · 3 pointsr/atheism

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb I bought it for my son, although I admit he's only skimmed it. My son is 14 and a self described atheist, while is dad is a hypocritical christian. A christian couldn't really object much to the book, as it's just the whole book of Genesis with nothing added.

u/ignignokt2D · 3 pointsr/exchristian

Apologies for being vague. It was an interview I heard years ago, and I couldn't recall the details. I managed to find it again. It's The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb.

u/HaiKarate · 2 pointsr/TrueAtheism

I am a huge fan of R. Crumb's The Book of Genesis Illustrated. He goes to great lengths to illustrate the book as written, without any editorializing or mischaracterization. The result is somewhat shocking to minds that have tried all of their lives to smooth over the rough spots of the Bible.

u/joegekko · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

The illustrations in this book absolutely confirm it.

The pictures are drawn using Genesis as word-for-word inspiration with no embellishment (other than the artists style- there is no content that isn't straight from the Bible).

u/troutmask_replica · 2 pointsr/Christianity
u/puripurihakase · 2 pointsr/jerktalkdiamond
u/OIlberger · 2 pointsr/atheism

[Robert Crumb’s comic version of the book of Genesis]( is supposedly very good.

u/MonkeyBones · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

R. Crumb wrote a comic version of the book of Genesis.

u/Ohthere530 · 2 pointsr/atheism

> Today, my 8 year old asked me why we don't attend services and I can't tell her the truth.

It's wonderful to be respectful of other worldviews and to let your children choose.

I think you can also share you own world view. And others! Share Greek and Norse myths. Buy Robert Crumbs cartoon-style illustrated book of Genesis. Learn about Egyptian and Indian creation myths. Put religion in context. So many people have believed so many different things, and that's partly why (I'm guessing) you believe what you believe.

u/srgmpdns · 2 pointsr/atheism
u/nattyd · 2 pointsr/funny

Actually, I was raised in a Unitarian church and read nearly all of the Bible (and several other religious texts). You're playing a bit of "no true scotsman" and a lot of selective reading. Some congregations are tolerant, many others are not.

The famous quotes about gays in the bible are usually:

Lev 18:22-23 "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination." Lev 20:13 "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death."

1 Cor 6:9 "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals"

But of course, you can read any part of the Bible and find all kinds of nasty stuff. Seriously, just pick it up and start with Genesis. Or, if you find it boring, get R. Crumb's The Book of Genesis Illustrated, and just flip a few pages to find plenty of violence, rape, slavery, incest, etc.

You can argue all you want about what the Bible "means", but what it actually says is, unfortunately for your argument, a particularly well-preserved matter of record.

u/The_Fooder · 2 pointsr/TheMotte

I'm surprised no on mentioned Jordan Peterson's extensive analysis of Genesis, which may be one of his more useful contributions to the public record, IMO. He views and describes Genesis through the lens of psycho-social development, and makes, what I think is a pretty compelling description of how a person can hear these stories and see themselves within the narrative as protagonists aligned with the ancients seeking a covenant with God (Peterson's definition of God is roughly, that which represents the highest attributes and ideals). If anyone was interested in this reading and this topic, I highly suggest listening to the Peterson lectures; I found them very interesting.

One final thing on this point, Peterson remarks quite frequently about the self-referential nature of the bible, that it has numerous links throughout the text back to other stories and that these should often be taken as updates, revisions and remarks on the original tales. It's one of the things that makes the New Testament so interesting to me because it acts as a commentary on the body of work that had been meticulously edited and passed around for a few thousand years recasting the meaning of the Old Testament as the means to the NT ends, i.e. forgiveness of Sin for our endless bullshit into a new age of grace ennobling us to move forward.

I'd also add that R. Crumb's illustrated Genesis is amazing and really drove home the human element underlining these stories. While his aesthetic is more cartoony than realistic, he's clearly a master of his craft and really drives home the emotion and strife of the various actors and lays out the stories in a fun and thoughtful way.

u/Generality · 1 pointr/atheism
u/amoralnihilist · 1 pointr/atheistparents

The Book of Genesis illustrated by R. Crumb. Seriously, this is a real book, and he treats all the subject matter literally. It's a great read and the literal interpretation highlights how strange some of the Bible stories are. I just wish he had done the whole Bible as a set.

u/AmanitaZest · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

If you're interested, start with The Illustrated Book of Genesis, by Robert Crumb. You get the full text of the first book in the Bible series, with lots of well-drawn pictures. This way you can also still see how there are actually two distinct creation myths, and you can clearly see how the Bible is the greatest soap opera known to man.

u/RedStick83 · 1 pointr/atheism

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb I know this isn't exactly what you were looking for but I flipped through this while at the library and thought it was pretty neat.

u/the_good_dr · 1 pointr/atheism

Not the whole bible but...

u/SpookyTanooki · 1 pointr/atheism

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb isn't exactly what you're looking for (i.e. it's only Genesis) but it is awesome and the illustrations really bring the book to life (though there are some passages that may not be suitable for your girls...I'm looking at you Lot).

u/Ghiizhar · 1 pointr/atheism

For those that have not read the entire book of Genesis, here's an illustrated version, with full text, that you may find more entertaining than just reading the text:

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb

u/swampfish · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Buy it here.

u/muhfuhkuh · 1 pointr/pics

If you dig a unique spin on it, here's Robert Crumb's "The Book of Genesis". His drawings are really detailed!

u/strangewine · 1 pointr/Showerthoughts

There's even a version adapted and illustrated by Robert Crumb. All original text.

u/itsableeder · 1 pointr/writing

It's public domain for the most part (some translations aren't), hence awesome things like this and this being able to exist.

And just to head this off early; they're awesome because of the illustrations and the way those stories are adapted, not because of the actual content. I'm an atheist.

u/dave_hitz · 1 pointr/atheistparents

I think it's important for kids in our culture to be familiar with Jesus. He is an influential figure.

Even though I am an atheist, it doesn't bother me that religious family members tell my daughter about Jesus and God. In fact, I bought R. Crumb's Illustrated Book of Genesis because I thought it would be a fun way for her to learn about Bible stories. I also read her a book of Greek myths. And Harry Potter.

But that doesn't mean you need to pretend to agree with those stories. When my daughter asks me to tell her about Jesus, I start with, "Some people believe...." Sometimes she asks what I believe. I tell the truth.

I'd be upset if my wife (now ex) had objected to me sharing my beliefs. Likewise, I can understand why your husband would be upset that you don't want him to share his beliefs.

u/nevermark · 0 pointsr/atheism

Well I think all kinds of sources are needed. "Enemies" of a religion might not be fair minded, but many intelligent critiques of religions are not by enemies. Also believers are highly unlikely to highlight (or even acknowledge) obvious problems with their religion.

The best sources are the original documents or as close to those as exist. I.e. the best critique of the Bible is the Bible, etc. Applying scientific and logical thinking (i.e. thinking which actually attempts to check itself against bias and coincidence) to original texts has left no good religion unsullied.

Or maybe the best source would always be a faithful graphic novel of the original sources. This seems to bring the wackiness of Genesis to life in a humorous way: