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Cartoon Old Testament
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
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The Cartoon Old Testament
Cartoons and Commentary on the Old Testament
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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The Bible passages were selected primarily from the
lectionary passages for years A, B and C and are excerpted from
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of
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.
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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
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
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.
M.A. Theological Studies
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