Genesis is a source of children’s stories, a favorite among Sunday school curriculum writers. And what is there not to like? There are animals and boats and rainbows. There is a man with a fancy robe made with lots of bright colors. There is a garden where everyone is happy and safe. And there is a kind, gentle God watching over us all.
And then there is the real Genesis.
R. Crumb (Robert Dennis Crumb is his full name) is a comic book illustrator of some fame. “Some fame” as in one of the most famous, or infamous, depending on how you look at it. He came up with the character for the first rated X animated movie, if that tells you anything. So just what is he doing illustrating a book of the Bible, The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb?
What Crumb’s deepest intents were in illustrating Genesis are known only to him and the Lord. What he has created, however, is sure to disturb many who have domesticated the book of Genesis in order to make it palatable to all.