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Booksneeze Review: Messiah: Origin by Mark Arey and Matt Dorff #grow4christ

on October 18, 2013

About the Book: 

Origin, the first adventure in the Messiah graphic novel series, was translated by Father Mark Arey exclusively from ancient Gospel manuscripts. Father Mark, who also translated the Book of Revelation, brings a lifetime of deep study and biblical training to this monumental endeavor. His work has produced a narrative harmony that weaves the four Gospels into a single continuous story, of which Origin is the opening chapter. The magnificence of this foundational literature is realized through the exquisite and enchanting illustrations of artist Kai Carpenter. Adapted and edited into graphic novel form by Matt Dorff (also the Book of Revelation), with letters and title designs by Carlton Riffel, Origin illuminates the story of Jesus’ birth and early life through gloriously detailed and inspiring imagery. In embarking on this journey through the pages of Origin, you will find that by pairing ancient verses with original imagery new life is breathed into the accounts of Jesus’ story as expressed through the gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

You can purchase it at Zondervan ($19.99) or Amazon ($11.99).

My Opinion:

Graphic novels are a favorite in my house, however finding good, pure and most importantly, godly graphic novels is hard to do.  Enter Messiah: Origin which is a graphic novel version of the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John telling the birth of Christ – it isn’t just the divinely inspired words but the images that come along side the words to give the reader a visual understanding of the Gospels that tell of the birth of Christ.  It is supposed to be directly translated from the Greek, and until I know how to read it, I will have to be under the assumption that that is the truth, even though it reads differently than my KJV.  The illustrations are rich and vibrant and see to come off the page, bringing the ancient words and the Truth to life – Kai Carpenter did a wonderful job in illustrating it.

My only reservation about this was the word “fetus” used on page 61 saying, “When Elisabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the fetus leaped in her womb, and she was filled with the Holy Spirit.”  Maybe the use of fetus back then was common, since Latin was still a spoken language – but for the modern pro-life Christian, fetus makes it sound like a person is denying the person-hood of the baby within the womb.  Regardless, of that I enjoyed this graphic novel and all three of my children have enjoyed it as well, including the non-reading one who enjoys the pictures and can tell what the story is about.  While some may take issue with the Bible turned into a graphic novel, I like that it reaches out to youth today who may not be as ready to read a KJV, ESV, or some other translation of the Bible.

In the back are also the genealogy of Christ according to Matthew and Luke – and this way was more easy to understand than reading it grouped together in my Bible.  Although my oldest still found it somewhat confusing – however it’s interesting to note who was in the lineage of Christ.  There is also an indexed list of Scriptural references so if you’re wanting to compare a side by side, it’s easy to do so.  I think this is a great way to get the beginning of the Gospels into the hands of young people today who may think that it’s just a ‘story’ with no real value to them today.

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