Item description for The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis (Brick Testament) by Brendan Powell Smith...
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
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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Studio: Quirk Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
Publisher Quirk Books
ISBN 1931686459 ISBN13 9781931686457 UPC 082345364597
Availability 0 units.
More About Brendan Powell Smith
Brendan Powell Smith is the author of The Brick Bible for Kids series, which includes six titles. Smith is also the author of books for adults, including the Brick Bible series, and has produced over five thousand illustrations retelling more than four hundred stories from the Bible. He lives in Mountain View, California.
Brendan Powell Smith has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis (Brick Testament)?
Caution, not suitable for everyone. Jun 1, 2008
The Brick Testament books are Bible stories in Legos, but just because they are Bible stories using children's toys, that does not make them suitable for children. As a Christian and a Sunday School teacher, I enjoy seeing the various ways artists and authors use the Bible as their subject. Bruegel, Rembrant, Leonardo di Vinci, Michangelo all use Bible stories as the subject of their work, and all do it differently. Brendan Powell Smith is another in a long line of artists, he is working in a new medium. Whether or not his pictures will still be viewed hundreds of years from now is not our responsibility to determine. That he has created illustrations of Bible stories that make others think is what is important. While I have shown the Brick Nativity to children, Genesis is not one I will share with those under about 12. Likewise, I would not teach some of those stories to the under 12's either.
Magnificent....and true Dec 2, 2007
I must say...I don't understand all these people that are so upset about what is written in their own holy book.
"Propaganda?" Either the bible is the word of God or it isn't. Sorry, no pick-and-choose allowed here.
"Lack of respect for god's word?" God's word speaks for itself. It is those that choose to ignore the words that appear in the bible that show their lack of respect.
Bestiality, homosexuality, violence, bigotry, slavery, etc. are all parts of the "good" book. So either you subscribe to them as "gospel" or you don't (which is the most reasonable position).
Deuteronomy 22:22 states: "If a man be found lying with a woman married to a husband, then they shall both of them die."
Leviticus 20:13 states: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."
In other words....God has no tolerance for homosexuals, adulterers, etc. So either you subscribe to his punishment for such offenses (stoning to death), or you don't. And if you don't then why do you subscribe to any of the other nonsense that was written by a bunch of primitive people who thought that bloodletting by leeches was a cure for dysentery, that the earth was flat, etc.?
Either you accept "God's word" (accurately portrayed with lego people) or you don't. Period.
Divine Inspiration Nov 15, 2007
James 2:21-22 "Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac as sacrifice on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did."
Brendan Powell Smith's faith is complete; he has molded his faith into LEGO pageantry and his works will be your pleasure. Pick it up... its his version of marching his child up a mountain in order to slay him on the altar; and unless you are humorless, it'll slay you.
Great for Lego fans Oct 1, 2007
I bought this book (and the others by the same author) for my brother who is a huge Lego fan. He actually read them all and loved them, whereas before it was difficult to get him to read other books with kids' versions of Bible stories.
Good, but not as great as on the internet Jun 11, 2007
I saw the Brick Testament on the internet and thought it was hilarious, and very well done, with good quality photographs of the meticulously managed little cute lego scenes, so i ordered two of the books. However, the book version was something of a disappointment. First somehow the picture quality didn't seem the same. The photos appeared blander and more unfocussed. I don't really know what it depends on, but they simply do not look as good in the books as in the internet version.
Second, maybe to avoid offending the religously conservative, the most funny, or should I say provocative, pictures have been edited out. Those were what really made the whole thing such a great thought provoker, or parody if you so prefer. In contrast to the internet version, the books are simply a lego-illustrated bible, very creative and original, but no more, no less. I have a suspicion that those of the reviewers above who are most concerned about "lack of respect to God's word" have not actually seen the books, just looked at the web version and written (or should I say copied?) their "rewiews".