About The Bible Illustrated
About The Bible Illustrated Website – This website contains realistic illustrations of stories from the greatest book every written, The Bible. Scripture comes from the King James version.
Why The Bible Illustrated?
There are very few realistically illustrated bibles. Most illustrated bibles have cartoon characters. Others feature realistic art but reflect religious tradition over accuracy to scripture. I felt the need to have an illustrated bible that was true to scripture. From my observation, most churches, regardless of affiliation avoid parts of the bible. Combined with the fact that artistic depictions of male characters have historically been effeminate. According to scripture, having long hair was the exception and not the norm. Artists show Jesus as a pale, wimpy, blue eyed, effeminate, hippy kind of a dude which is not true to scripture. How do I know he didn’t look that way? Let’s take a look at scripture.
Jesus was not a Nazarite
Six times the bible mentions the word ‘razor’ in reference to hair cutting. Four times refer to the vows of a Nazarite. Remember, Jesus was a Nazarene. He was not a Nazarite. Numbers 6:5 says:
All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.
Judges 13:5, referring to the birth of Samson says:
For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
Samson and Samuel
Judges 16:17, again referring to Samson says:
That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.
1 Samuel 1:11, referring to Hannah and soon to be born son, Samuel says:
And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
If men with long hair were common, this distinction would not be necessary. God would not have commanded the Nazarite to make such a vow if most men had long hair and the bible would not have mentioned it in scripture.
Furthermore, outside of being a Nazarite, long hair was a shame unto to God. That’s not to say that sinful men never let their hair grow. In the city of Corinth, it was a problem so Paul addressed the issue. Look at 1 Corinthians 11:14:
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
Let’s look at another example proving that long hair was the exception and not the norm.
Absalom and his long hair
David’s son Absalom had long hair and no one received more praise for his beauty than Absalom. 2 Samuel 14:25-26 mentions that Absalom cut his hair once a year. Again, if long hair was common, getting a hair cut once a year would not be significant. 2 Samuel 14:25-26:
25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.
26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year’s end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king’s weight.
Other uses of the word ‘razor’
Use of the word ‘razor’ in Isaiah 7:20 refers to the hair and beard shaving of captives from the king of Assyria. In Ezekiel 5:1, Ezekiel shaves his head and separates his hair into four parts. The four parts represent the four fates that would befall the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
All parts of the bible are important
Most churches avoid vast portions of the bible. The bible illustrated website will show parts of the bible considered taboo or insignificant. In 1 Kings Chapter 2, Adonijah made a request to Solomon to have Abishag to wife by way of Bathsheba. Insignificant? This request would lead to Adonijah’s death. Revelation 14:10 states that those who take the mark of the beast will suffer and brimstone in the presence of the Lamb. Matthew 4:4 says:
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
A bible seen is a bible understood.
I want my children to see how things looked when Abraham, Moses and Jesus lived. Paintings that show the clothing, the hair and the inside of a temple contribute to a person’s understanding and appreciation for God’s Word.
About the Artist
The artist is a christian and an independent baptist .