The Brick Testament: Old Testament Collection (Genesis-Kings) to be Published

The Brick Bible: A New Spin on the Old TestamentFor years, The Brick Testament has entertained us with its online portrayal of biblical stories, lovingly recreated with Lego bricks and figurines. Now, the entire Genesis-Kings collection is to be published in book form. Brendan Powell Smith’s The Brick Bible: A New Spin on the Old Testament (Skyhorse Publishing) will be available from 1 October 2011:

Brendan Powell Smith has spent the last decade creating nearly 5,000 scenes from the bible—with Legos. His wonderfully original sets are featured on his website, Bricktestament.com, but for the first time 1,500 photographs of these creative designs—depicting the Old Testament from Earth’s creation to the Books of Kings—are brought together in book format. The Holy Bible is complex; sometimes dark, and other times joyous, and Smith’s masterful work is a far cry from what a small child might build. The beauty of The Brick Bible is that everyone, from the devout to nonbelievers, will find something breathtaking, fascinating, or entertaining within this collection. Smith’s subtle touch brings out the nuances of each scene and makes you reconsider the way you look at Legos—it’s something that needs to be seen to be believed.

Publisher’s blurb

No doubt, there will be Giants, as the Bible is full of them… including Ishbi-Benob, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels,and who was killed by one of David’s mighty men, Abishai:

And King Og of Bashan:

Og of Bashan

And Goliath:
Goliath
And the Anakim:

Anakim

And of course, there are the Nephilim, who came down to the Earth to have sexual intercourse with women, and – in Powell’s interpretation, apparently – made them peform oral sex on their angelic members:

Nephilim

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Chuck Missler: Giants are the key to understanding the Old Testament

For many Evangelical Christians, if there is a new development in human technology, it must have been predicted or mentioned in the Bible. For Chuck Missler – Christian apologist and speaker, a “Dr” of a pseudo-academic institution, a Christian Zionist, and member of the right-wing Patriot Movement – genetic research is not only mentioned in the Bible, but ancient tampering with genetics gave rise to Giants. And Giants are therefore the secret key to understanding the Bible:

Is there genetic manipulation in the Bible? Yes! In fact, you will not understand most of the Old Testament unless you really understand who the Rephaim really were… This is coming on our society as the Bible anticipated it…. Has this happened before? Yes!
– Chuck Missler, ‘Ancient Alien Nephilim, Giants, Mutants, Genetic Engineering, and Hybrids’

In the Bible, and in a similar way within the Greek literature which influenced biblical texts, Rephaim (Giants) were the original inhabitants of Earth, the dangerous and chaotic force of an earlier age, to be defeated by the first conquering humans (e.g. Num. 13, Deut. 2-3; Josh. 14, 15). In addition, in the story of the “sons of God” or “Watchers” (Gen 6.1-4; 1 Enoch 6-20), the Giants are said to be hybrids, the offspring of divine fathers and human mothers. But Chuck Missler is not merely saying that the threatening world of medical and genetic breakthroughs is metaphorically creating new forces of danger and chaos, by reaching beyond its “proper boundaries”, creating life, and usurping God’s prerogative. His concerns go deeper than that. Missler believes that genetic science will literally bring back the Giants to Earth!

This was Satan’s strategy, to corrupt the human race, to prevent a Messiah… Why did God tell Joshua to wipe out every man, woman and child of certain tribes? Because they had a gene-pool problem. One of the things which brought about the Flood of Noah was a gene-pool problem.
– Chuck Missler, ‘Ancient Alien Nephilim, Giants, Mutants, Genetic Engineering, and Hybrids’

So for Chuck Missler, genetic research, far from being a means to improve medical treatment, is evil incarnate. Just as Giants were around in the “days of Noah”, so too in the End Times will Giants return (cf. Matt. 24.37) at the hands of evil, evolution-believing scientists and their Satanic genetic research.

Not only that, but as the Rephaim/Giants are said in Joshua 11.22-23 to survive in the Philistine cities – Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod – guess who else the evil Giants represent, for Missler?

It’s interesting that Joshua is told to wipe out every man, woman and child of those tribes. He does almost. But the places which he fails to do so – in the Golan Heights [sic], Gaza, Ashdod, and so forth – it’s the places that the P.L.O. have their conclaves today. Strangely. Strange stuff… I think that’s interesting.
– Chuck Missler, ‘Ancient Alien Nephilim, Giants, Mutants, Genetic Engineering, and Hybrids’

So, for Missler, not only should genetic engineering be stopped, but implicit in his equation is that the Palestinians should be wiped out as well.

Chuck Missler
Chuck Missler