Building the Bible

Post-King James Translations and Adaptations

What are some notable illustrated versions of the Bible?

The Book of Kells from around 800 C.E. features a Latin translation of the four Gospels. The pages are filled with vibrant illustrations—or illuminations—depicting Christian iconography and elaborate patterns. Since the mid-1800s, the Book of Kells has been on display at Trinity College Dublin.

A critically acclaimed version by Siku, The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation (2008), uses the popular, highly stylized Japanese art style of manga, and twenty-first-century speech patterns to convey the content of the Bible.

Artist and author Brendan Powell Smith is the creator of “The Brick Bible” book series. In these books, Smith uses elaborate Lego vignettes to retell portions of the Old and New Testaments.


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