Obvious sadomasochistic tendencies aside, Mel Gibson’s take on the Passion of Christ seemed to strike (sorry for the poor pun) a chord with Christians around the world who flocked (sorry again) to the cinema to see Hollywood’s latest take on the last days of our saviour.
The stories from the Bible have been told and re-interpreted numerous times in films, books, plays, comics and sometimes even through jokes. OK, rarely through the medium of jokes.
However, it does give me a chance to use a really lame church joke:
I passed my local church on the way to work this morning and saw that the topic for the early sermon was “How Jesus walked on water”. When I passed by on the way back from work I saw that the topic of the evening’s sermon was “Searching or Jesus”.
Ahem, right, what we’re here to talk about is Brendan Powell Smith. And the reason he’s the topic is the new medium for the stories of the Bible he found back in 2001. Actually, if my experiences with the medium are anything to go by, he probably stepped on it, making him jump around, shouting ‘Jesus Christ!’.
And that could have been how the Brick Testament was born.
The Brick Testament tells Bible stories through still photographs of dioramas made with Lego.
Here are a few samples from it, including the Ark and a little taste of what is waiting for all us sinners:
Now you might think that something as innocent as Lego might milden the often pretty gruesome stories from many people’s favourite fantasy book…sorry, you’re saying I got it wrong about the Bible?….ah, yes, the Lord of the Rings is, of course, the best fantasy book, sorry…
Anyway, what I was going to say was that the Brick Testament stays true to the original bible and features plenty of sex and violence. Lego-style, of course. Which is like this:
See if you can guess what violent/sexy Bible stories they’re from