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Table of Contents

Front Page and Preface

Part 1 - Genesis & Exodus

Part 2 - Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Ruth, 1st Samuel, 2nd Samuel

Part 3 - 1st Kings, 2nd Kings, 2nd Chronicles, Nehemiah, Job, Proverbs, Isaiah

Part 4 - Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Jonah, Micah, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Baruch

References and
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Copyright (c) 2011
by RLDiesslin,
all rights reserved.

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The Cartoon Old Testament

Cartoons and Commentary on the Old Testament

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eBook ISBN is 978-0-9702244-9-1
and b/w Paperback ISBN is 978-0-9848872-0-0
and Full-Color Paperback ISBN is 978-0-9848872-3-1

Copyright (c) 2011 by Richard L. Diesslin
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First Printing June 2011, Deluxe Printing 2013

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The Bible passages were selected primarily from the common
lectionary passages for years A, B and C and are excerpted from the
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian
Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Cartoon Old Testament is
Copyright ©2011, Richard L. Diesslin, author/cartoonist, all rights reserved.
No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means,
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Richard L. Diesslin


This commentary explores Old Testament scripture passages from the common lectionary through the use of cartoons and musings. The passages are in biblical order by book, chapter and verse, however the lectionary three-year cycle is referenced at the end of the book.

Why Cartoons? A cartoon is somewhat like a visual form of parable. A parable is a short and entertaining story with a message. The idea behind a parable is that the listener will enjoy it enough to remember it and retell it to others (just think if they had e-mail in 800 B.C.E.!). There are parables in both the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and New Testament, perhaps none more well known than those told by Jesus. Humor, in general, goes a long way toward illustrating a point, often more effectively than serious discourse.

Adam and Eve provide a running commentary at the bottom of each cartoon. This idea began in a prior book A Journey Through Christian Theology (Fortress Press) when author William P. Anderson suggested that we needed a way to provide context for the cartoons, in case they were read apart from the text. Adam and Eve became our commentators of choice because of their unique place in human history. In addition, I claim cartoonist's privilege - which simply means that silly things like time, space, history, etc. are all there for me to distort and play with tongue-and-cheek.

The musings section provides some extra context. The goal is to deliver maximum insight in minimum space (per the one-page per passage format of the book). I highly recommend keeping a good commentary or study Bible handy for those occasions when your curiosity is peaked and you would like to have a more in-depth understanding.

My deepest thanks go to my wife Mindy for her support and encouragement on this book and all my cartooning projects. It would never have happened without her! She has often been my sounding board for cartoon wording and drawing issues, providing a valuable sanity check to my work. Her mom, my Mother-in-Law, Doris Anne Onken has been particularly helpful in editing this volume as well as being very supportive of this rather off-the-wall second career of mine. In addition, there have been several people who have encouraged and assisted me along the way. Rather than embarrass them here, I'll wait for a more opportune time. However, if it were not for their insights and critiques I may never have stumbled into the current format.

Most importantly, I thank God who blesses us with an abundance of grace. I have come to a deeper understanding of the scriptures and a deeper relationship with God than I had before I started. I guess I will always think of Jesus' teachings as the cornerstone of my understanding of who God is, but I now have a much deeper appreciation of the God who has been there all the time, in the Old Testament and beyond, to the extent we could see it!

I am a cartoonist by profession and a theologian and writer out of necessity. The cartoon is my main medium of expression and therefore my intent is for them to convey, in a memorable and entertaining way, the main points of these scriptures. Thank you for reading the Cartoon Old Testament - I hope it entertains you and enriches your spiritual life.

Rich Diesslin
M.A. Theological Studies

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