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  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (29 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310421403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310421405
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Book of Revelation The entire text of Revelation is presented as a visual narrative experience. See the vision given to John illuminated in this softcover graphic novel as an eye-popping, cinematic adventure. All of Revelation's most mysterious, iconic characters and epic events are vividly depicted. Stand in John's sandals and watch the New Testament's climactic war between good and evil unfold in dramatic and dazz Full description

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I find Revelation to be the hardest book of the bible to read but also to be quite thrilling with all its symbolism and meaning. The thought of reading a graphic novel version appealed to me. This book is not written for kids. It contains all 404 verses from a translation done by two Greek Orthodox priests. The book is not illustrated with cartoons but with stunning art. The artist's interpretation of this symbolic and visionary text of the Apocalypse is the core reason for my purchasing and reading this wonderful version of Revelation. Now whether his images match your ideas is irrelevant as they make you pause and think. Taking the text slowly and visually like this was an entirely new and rewarding way for me to read the Scripture and made me think about what I was reading from a different perspective. What a joy it would be to have each book of the Bible professionally represented in graphic format like this! One of the most amazing things about the art is that the artist has depicted the scenes including St. John and his reactions to what he is seeing. This is truly brilliant and a fresh take to think about St. John's reactions when reading the Book of Revelation. There is no interpretation presented which I think is wonderful of the adapter & artist. They have presented the art literally from the text, allowing the reader to process their own known understanding of, or just to ponder, the symbolism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dane Alexander on 22 April 2013
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Always wanted to read this book. The graphical illustration motivated me which was a massive BONUS! Would definitely recommend anyone to have a gander.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Finkenzeller on 30 Jan. 2013
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I was interested in this book as an aid for our Bible study of Revelation. Was aware of the content of Revelation, so illustrating would always be challenging. I think Koelle has some very powerful images, however some look rather gothic horror comic like.
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By DEMON WATSON on 23 Mar. 2015
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One of the easier ways to read revelations
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Graphic Novel That Helps Readers Understand Enigmatic Biblical Book 23 Oct. 2012
By Kevin M. Derby - Published on Amazon.com
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With the books growing increasingly popular, classic literature and religious works are now being adopted into graphic novels. This can lead to some unorthodox takes--look at the legendary Crumb's take on the Book of Genesis for example--but also some graphic novels that are more traditional in their viewpoints. "The Book of Revelation" adapted by Matt Dorf from a translation from Orthodox priests Father Mark Arey and Father Philemon Sevastiades is one such graphic novel.

With solid and often memorable art from Chris Koelle, Dorf tries to show Revelations, easily one of the most enigmatic books of the Bible, from the vantage point of St. John. This works surprisingly well. Granted Revelations has many memorable images which is one of the reasons why artists have turned to it repeatedly throughout the centuries. Koelle`s art, while often dark, presents a compelling take on St. John's visions. The use of color, while rare in this book, is dramatic and even inspiring.

The book includes all of the biblical text though some readers may not enjoy the graphic novel. This is not a book for children. While it ranks as one of the more engaging and fascinating books in the Bible, there are some nightmarish images and visions in "Revelation"--and the graphic novel does not skirt around that basic fact. I honestly can't recommend this book to younger readers or those who are upset by disturbing images. Still, many readers--including this one who has a harder time with Revelations than most of the other books in the Bible--will find the graphic novel will help them better understand this enigmatic text. Highly recommended.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Visual Revelation 25 Oct. 2012
By Sam Fett - Published on Amazon.com
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The book of Revelation has been examined and interpreted multiple times. Many theories exist on how Christ will come to reclaim what is his. This is a very detailed artistic interpretation that does not try to take away from the scripture. The back of the graphic novel states, "this version comes with all 404 verses of this amazing book." The panels are filled with scripture and then interpreted in artistic detail. In the adapters notes I think he says it best about what he tries to capture with this collection of art, " I tried to put myself behind John's eyes and describe in words what he was seeing and hearing." The Illustrator was then left to take his notes and try and capture the scripture and what they think John would of been emotionally feeling at the time. For the most part they capture John's emotions in each panel but the best part for me was seeing the rest of revelation depicted in each panel. The beast, angels, and events are all depicted in vivid detail based off of the descriptions of the bible. The cover itself is a great example of how the inside pages look but within each panel there is scripture that each drawing has been based off of. There are chapter breaks to let you know where each chapter starts and ends so if you are doing a study of Revelation you can read the scripture then go to the graphic novel and see an artistic representation of those scriptures. I would like to know which translation this novel came out of. I was using a NIV version and was able to follow the scripture written down. I also would of loved to see more full page art depicted in this graphic novel. I understand that would of been a huge undertaking and could of made this collection colossal not to mention more pricey. I believe the goal was achieved with this TPB though because you have accurate scripture and accurate artistic interpretations based off of the detail within that scripture. In closing I view this as the truth and can't wait for the return of Christ to right all the wrongs in a world that children can't even ride their bikes anymore without the fear of being stolen. It is very uplifting to know that he will return and every knee will bow on that day. To see this even in an artistic way is exciting and encouraging in a time when we all need peace.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A Captivating, Fresh (and Faithful) Look at Revelation 1 Nov. 2012
By C. Stephans - Published on Amazon.com
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This graphic version of the book of Revelation brings a new light to the apocalypse of John. The illustrations reveal the intensity and the extraordinary elements of John's vision. The text is an adaptation of a faithful interpretation from the Greek text and is a verse by verse translation. I have read Revelation many times, and I have been captivated and intrigued by this version. I have been reading through it like it is a thrilling novel. The way the text is drawn out requires readers to pause and meditate on each verse rather than speeding through the book.

The illustrations are well done. They are imaginative and creative. Some of the figures in drawing reveal the other-worldliness of what the Book of Revelation describes.

This book can be an effective tool to draw readers into the Scripture and show the liveliness of God's Word. I think the graphic nature just adds one more dimension to reading the Book of Revelation.

I am on my third reading of this book, as I have made it part of my daily readings. It has truly enhanced my reading of Revelation.

For those interested in listening to an excellent teaching of Revelation, I recommend the Asbury Seminary class NT666 taught by Dr. Robert Mulholland found on iTunes and available at no charge in video and audio.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Captures the Imagination 6 Nov. 2012
By John Jorgensen - Published on Amazon.com
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Scripture adapted to the graphic novel format is an idea which
intrigued me as soon as I learned of it. In this my introduction to
it, I can certainly see the potential of the medium to make some of
the more vivid passages come alive in the reader's imagination. Here
in Revelation, that means black-bordered pages, spooky close-ups of
garish illustrations, and the monochrome animation. This is
definitely no way to introduce children to Revelation; to the extent
that they understood what they were sering, it would be the stuff of
nightmares.

Beyond the emotionally, ah, emphatic artistic choices, the text is
solid and gets the message across. It comes from no particular
established translation of the Bible, but was translated directly from
the Greek by two Orthodox priests. Their translation maintains a sense
of sacred language without losing accessibility, so I can salute them
on that aspect.

I've never really cared for Revelation and might have preferred being
introduced to Scriptural graphic novels through other books. However,
this book has impressed me with the medium's compatibility with Bible
stories generally, and I'll be looking for opportunities to read other
examples of this style. Recommended.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An interesting interpretation 1 Nov. 2012
By DanD - Published on Amazon.com
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This graphic novel adaptation of THE BOOK OF REVELATION is not, if you'll forgive the pun, the "revelation" it was intended to be. The story isn't any simpler, really; that's no fault of the original translators, Frs. Mark Arey and Philemon Sevastiades, or the adaptor Matt Dorff. REVELATION is simply a difficult, convoluted text.

However, what this novel gives us are some haunting and poignant images, courtesy of illustrator Chris Koelle. His use of color--brown and gold hued images set against black pages--represents the bleakness of the text. His illustrations are sometimes vague, shadowy sketches, other times all-too-clear interpretations of the Bible verses. BE WARNED: if you're thinking that this will make a good read for a child, you clearly know nothing about the concept of graphic novels. This is not a comic book. Yes, there are graphic novels for children; but by and large, they are for mature (teenage and up) audiences. This book would rate as PG-13; REVELATION isn't really for children anyways, and while there isn't much graphic violence and no nudity represented here, the images are still of a disturbing nature. You put this book in the hands of a child, you're guaranteeing them a week of nightmares, at least.

For me, what I took away most from this interpretation were the illustrations; I love a good, macabre piece of art (Dali is perhaps my favorite artist, if that says anything). Depending on your faith and connection to the text, you may take away something else. I'd recommend this for people curious to see an illustrated adaptation, and for those who love visually disturbing artwork. If you're hoping for something that makes REVELATION more understandable...well, you probably won't get your wish no matter what you buy.
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