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Manga Messiah

A book review for parents

This graphic novel, Bible story by Hidenori Kumai is published by Tyndale House Publishers and is written for kids ages 13 and up. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.

Plot Summary

Using the manga comic format, this book portrays the life of Jesus from the prophecies that foretold His birth to His ascension into heaven. Adapted from Scripture, these 23 stories refer to Jesus as Yeshuah and use more obscure names in referring to His parents ("Miryam" for Mary and "Yosef" for Joseph). While this graphic novel is not a literal, word-for-word presentation of the Bible, the text remains true to Scripture. The writer adds brief descriptions to the dialogue so the reader will better understand the settings for these stories. Additional comic bubbles within the illustrations give insight into the thoughts and reactions of the characters.

Christian Beliefs

The book gives a biblically accurate overview of Jesus' life.

Authority Roles


Other Belief Systems


Profanity/Graphic Violence

Jesus' death and the clearing of the temple contain violence but are well-handled.





Discussion Topics

If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:

  • Does the manga comic style make these Bible stories seem more adventurous?
  • Did the ancient Hebrew names confuse you?
  • What Bible story became more real for you after reading it in this form?

Book reviews cover the content, themes and worldviews of fiction books, not their literary merit, and equip parents to decide whether a book is appropriate for their children. A book's inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by Focus on the Family.


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