Shuck and Jive

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

R. Crumb for Christmas

Our congregation had its annual Christmas dinner on Sunday.  It is always a fun event.  The congregation gave me a gift.  Readers of this blog are aware that I have been preaching from the myths of Genesis through the Fall.  You can find those sermons here and the audio on our webpage.   

It is fantastic.  All 50 chapters.  He doesn't leave out a word.   He uses a combination of translations from King James and Robert Alter.  These ancient earthy stories come alive when illustrated in graphic novel form.  Even the genealogies are interesting.  

The problem with the Bible today has to do with its thick veneer of piety.   Crumb's Genesis strips that veneer away.  What shines through is ancient story filled with unabashed patriarchal myth, sex, violence, and ancient superstition.   It is fascinating literature.    

He did his homework regarding scholarship of Genesis.   I highly recommend it. 

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