The Brick Testament

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Ten Classic Bible Stories As Thou Hath Never Seen Them Before!
 
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Overview

Ten Classic Bible Stories As Thou Hath Never Seen Them Before!
 
     •  The Garden of Eden
     •  Cain and Abel
     •  The Flood
     •  Noah’s Insobriety
     •  The Tower of Babel
     •  Sodom and Gomorrah
     •  God Tests Abraham
     •  Jacob and His Cousins
     •  Jacob Wrestles God
     •  Joseph Is Ambushed

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Editorial Reviews

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In Taco Bell one day, Smith claims, his burrito suddenly burst into flames and the voice of God boomed out that he needed to illustrate the Bible entirely out of LEGOs. "But I'm an atheist," Smith objected. "Then you are especially unqualified to question me!" God thundered. "Now get to work!" This hilarious book, which interprets some of the most famous stories from Genesis, is Smith's first; with 39 books in the Old Testament alone, however, one rejoices that the franchise possibilities could extend for many years. The full-color photographs of Smith's chosen scenes invite the readers into each story. We see the Garden of Eden replete with plastic green shrubbery and LEGO animals; the building of the Ark and the wicked people drowning in the flood (just their heads float over a blue LEGO foundation); Joseph's brothers trying to throw him down a well. One has to admire Smith's LEGO engineeringNoah's Ark and the Tower of Babel are genuine featsas well as his twisted, keen sense of humor. He's also refreshingly honest about some parts of Genesis that tend to be ignored by Christians, such as a naked, drunken Noah cursing one of his sons. This creative, iconoclastic book is colorful in every sense of the word, and will be appreciated by LEGO enthusiasts everywhere as well as whimsical Sunday School teachers. (Nov.) Forecast: Smith's Web site, www.thebricktestament.com, has received nearly two million hits in the last two years, and has been featured in Time, Spin and The Door magazines. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931686457
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: Brick Testament Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Little is known about “The Reverend” Brendan Powell Smith. His life is a mysterious enigma of puzzling paradoxes, enigmatic puzzles, and paradoxical mysteries. He keeps his public life private, and will take most of his secrets with him to the grave.
 
Though it remains unclear why Smith has chosen to illustrate the Bible in LEGO, most scholars and theologians agree it is of little use to question such matters. In near constant communication with God, “The Reverend” Brendan Powell Smith is perhaps, if not possibly, the closest thing we have to a living modern-day prophet. 

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
I. The Garden of Eden 9
II. Cain and Abel 39
III. The Flood 55
IV. Noah's Insobriety 77
V. The Tower of Babel 85
VI. Sodom and Gomorrah 95
VII. God Tests Abraham 115
VIII. Jacob and His Cousins 131
IX. Jacob Wrestles God 147
X. Joseph Is Ambushed 159
About the Author 175
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    Don't listen to the previous reviewer

    The person who reviewed the book previously obviously did not read the book and only saw the website. The book does not have any of the sexual images in it except one if you look very closely at one of the images. The book is only about the book of Genesis and unfortunelly it is only 1/4 of the book of Genesis and that is the reason why I am giving it 4 stars. The only content that parents might think is inappropiate for children is maybe the animal sacrafice which they tend to censor from the Bible. Though the whole flood scene and perhaps the attempted murder Abraham made might be inappropiate depending on the parent. To answer the reason why author has put the book in Legos is to illustrate the book. The Legos are there to make fun of the Bible and expose it's countless absurdities, cruelities, and contradictions that are filled in the Bible. Several of freethinkers and even Christians who are not very religious have found Brendan's book and the website to amusing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2003

    An excellent teaching companion

    I am always looking for new and fun ways to introduce young people to the Bible. My job has been made so much easier with the publication of the Brick Testament. This delightful depiction of the Bible in Legos is the perfect book to have available for the students in our classes¿it has also had the wonderful side benefit of tickling the fancy of the teachers of our classes. The text is accurate and straightforward but it is the Lego pictures that capture and engage. There is some whimsy in the author¿s depictions of the story of Genesis and I say Hallelujah for this. The stories from Genesis present a strong message of morality that is often a challenge to the teachers of the young. Having the message played out in the colorful bricks by an imaginative artist, softens the harshness of the text but not at the expense of the message. This book really is a gift to all teachers of the Bible to young ones. My hope is that the author continues his creative efforts so we can all look forward to more well-considered and intelligent Lego art depictions of the Bible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    Clever

    It's a clever look into the Bible. This is clearly a parody of the Bible (something the previous reviewer failed to notice) and is an excellent book for anyone who has a sense of humour.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2003

    Not a book for children or tastefully illustrated either

    The use of legos was a neat idea but I found that this is DEFINITELY not a book for children or for that matter, adults either. While it may be scripturally accurate, it certainly isn't appropriate. The pictures portray sexual relations btwn Adam & Eve (in a position that some consider inappropriate), homosexual acts, rape, and incest. I also didn't find the chosen scripture stories appropriate for children. Yes, these things are in the bible but I don't really consider the illustrations of these acts something that indicates reverance for the Original Author of the Bible. This author falls woefully short in offering something that would inspire young children towards holiness. In reading the media's review of this book, you will only find endorsements by the secular community. I find that to portray these acts in the form of legos only serves to lure children & their parents into a purchase. If it wasn't meant for children - why use legos at all? Probably 90% of the pictures were really great - just so disappointing about the rest of the content.

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