A sexually explicit illustrated Book of Genesis by controversial artist Robert Crumb, which features Bible characters having intercourse, has been condemned by religious groups.

Aside from the explicit sex scenes, The Book of Genesis by Robert Crumb also includes general nudity and some gratuitous violence.

Crumb is famous for his “Fritz the Cat” cartoons.

Religious leaders have stated that since the bible is part of people’s religion, it has to be treated differently than other themes and that Crumb is wrong to make this version of Genesis. Mike Judge, of the Christian Institute:

“It is turning the Bible into titillation. It seems wholly inappropriate for what is essentially God’s rescue plan for mankind. If you are going to publish your own version of the Bible it must be done with a great deal of sensitivity. The Bible is a very important text to many many people and should be treated with the respect it deserves. Representing it in your own way is all very well and good but it must be remembered that it is a matter of people’s faith, their religion. Faith is such an important part of people’s lives that one must remember to tread very carefully.”

Clearly, Crumb is going to hell.



  1. #1 dean
    October 20, 2009

    I just glanced at this in our local B/N store. It has the typical crumb “underground comic” style to it, but it’s pretty good.

    I must say that I remember my mother getting me a set of “bible books” from somewhere when I was quite young – an illustrated series of books going through the old testament. there weren’t any “humping” drawings, but there were scores of naked people getting tormented in hell, and enduring terrible deaths in the famous cities. crumb’s take isn’t new, it’s the fact (I think this is true) that his book is meant to be a “shot” at genesis rather than edumacation for the religious that has them tied up in knots.

  2. #2 george.w
    October 20, 2009

    I’m totally ordering a copy next time I’m at Amazon. But from what I’ve seen, it isn’t a shot at Genesis, just a faithful illustration of it. The only way in which it’s a shot is that it clearly presents what they’d rather obfuscate.

  3. #3 dean
    October 20, 2009

    One more comment – when I use the link Greg gives for this, I get to an Amazon site where the price is given as $400 ? That is actually for a limited run high quality edition made from his new yorker cartoons. the book I saw at B/N was about $25.

    Clearly the price of sinning varies widely with print quality.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    October 20, 2009

    Now it points to the regular non $400.00 edition.

  5. #5 Hal in Howell
    October 20, 2009

    Unfortunately there is “No Image Available” on Amazon.

  6. #6 bademart
    October 20, 2009

    Received my copy today (I’m in Africa)and read it through. A stroke of genius to use Alter’s text in large parts. It is entirely accurate (well, the snake bit reminded me a bit of that oddballIcke). The text explicitly states when some of the Biblical ancestors had intercourse, so what’s wrong with picturing something the text will have you imagine anyway? Of course the fundamental question is why fundamentalism is bothered by a fundamental and accurate portrayal of the text. If the text is accurate in every detail of its its telling, why is an accurate picture of an accurate text upsetting? What it does, of course, and kudos to Crumb, is face fundamentalists with what the text actually looks like, and they find that untenable. Long may Crumb work to complete the Pentateuch.

  7. #7 Russell
    October 20, 2009

    It was clear, a long, long time ago, that Crumb was going to hell. 😉

  8. #8 bob koepp
    October 20, 2009

    It was clear, a long, long time ago, that Crumb had already gone to hell — and demonstrated through his rockin’ comics that it was a place that inspired genius (naturally…)8^)

  9. #9 Dunc
    October 21, 2009

    Somebody really needs to introduce these tight-asses to a collection of early Medieval psalters… (Although I guess they’d just write them off as Papist.)

  10. #10 VJBinCT
    October 21, 2009

    I remember back when the movie ‘Ghandi’ was being filmed. There were many Indians at the time protesting that he should not be portrayed by an actor, but by a point of light. But we know what Ghandi ate; we know what he wore; we know what disciples he diddled. We know the same sort of things about Adam. Why not simply present the ‘facts’. I recall once arriving very early at a Gustav Leonhardt harpsichord recital, and my date and I were conversing when he came out to tune the instrument. A lady a row behind us took offense and shushed us loudly, saying, ‘That is the Artist!’ Some people just like to put things on pedestals. I do, too, which is why I always am misplacing my coffee mug.

  11. #11 cleek
    October 21, 2009

    i read this last week. it’s completely faithful to the Biblical text – isn’t a parody in any way. nevertheless, i enjoyed it. Crumb’s illustrations really make the stories flow in a way that the text could never do. even the “begats” are tolerable, because you get to look at dozens of clever little portraits of ancient proto-Jews.

  12. #12 Rob Jase
    October 21, 2009

    Golly! The way the believers are behaving you’d think their book was the Koran or something.

  13. #13 chocha chacho
    October 28, 2009

    chinese lady have twisted vjjs