Manga Messiah — “Manga Bible” Series


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Book Review

Manga Messiah by Kozumi Shinozawa has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the first book in the five-book “Manga Bible.”

Plot Summary

Using the manga comic format, this book portrays the life of Jesus from the prophecies that foretold His birth to His ascension into heaven. Adapted from Scripture, these 23 stories refer to Jesus as Yeshuah and use more obscure names in referring to His parents (“Miryam” for Mary and “Yosef” for Joseph). While this graphic novel is not a literal, word-for-word presentation of the Bible, the text remains true to Scripture. The writer adds brief descriptions to the dialogue so the reader will better understand the settings for these stories. Additional comic bubbles within the illustrations give insight into the thoughts and reactions of the characters.

Christian Beliefs

The book gives a biblically accurate overview of Jesus’ life.

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Profanity & Violence

Jesus’ death and the clearing of the temple contain violence but are well-handled.

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