Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus

Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus

Prostitution and Religious Obedience in the Bible

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The idiosyncratic master Chester Brown continues his thoughts on sex work The iconoclastic and bestselling cartoonist of Paying for It: A comic-strip memoir about being a john and Louis Riel returns and with a polemical interpretation of the Bible that will be one of the most controversial and talked-about graphic novels of 2016. Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus is the retelling in comics form of nine biblical stories that present Chester Brown's fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution. Brown weaves a connecting line between Bathsheba, Ruth, Rahab, Tamar, Mary of Bethany, and the Virgin Mother. He reassesses the Christian moral code by examining the cultural implications of the Bible's representations of sex work.

Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus is a fitting follow-up to Brown's sui generis graphic memoir Paying for It , which was reviewed twice in The New York Times and hailed by sex workers for Brown's advocacy for the decriminalization and normalization of prostitution. Brown approaches the Bible as he did the life of Louis Riel, making these stories compellingly readable and utterly pertinent to a modern audience. In classic Chester Brown fashion, he provides extensive handwritten endnotes that delve into the biblical lore that informs Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesu s.
Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2016
ISBN: 9781770462342
1770462341
Branch Call Number: Arts 741.5 Bro

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IanH_KCMO Sep 29, 2016

Chester Brown is back to trying to get you to be OK with prostitution and doing a way better job than he did with the last graphic novel where he tried to get you on board with prostitution (Paying For It). Here Brown pulls stories of prostitution from the Bible, and while I still think he is a little too close to the subject matter to write about it without bias, his interpretation of these biblical stories is good stuff (and something he proved he's a master of with his masterpiece historical graphic novel Louis Riel).

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FVReader
Sep 16, 2016

An interesting look at some of the women of the Bible, with an eye on prostitution. There are some interesting interpretations of the stories, customs and cultural views of the time. I find this sort of pondering interesting. Community and/or cultural views have changed over the past 2000 years and the words of the Bible can be obscure & vague....what exactly are the stories saying? Another view or thought is always welcome, I find.
The stories within are interesting and a fun read. However, just reading the stories doesn't quite get across the point the author is trying to make. There are about 100 pages of notes and explanations in the back. These are interesting, for sure, and sometimes ramble on a bit much but they do give a very good focus to what the author is portraying in the stories themselves. Together the stories and the notes make a good team.
A fun read and an interesting one. As far as graphic novels go, this one is enjoyable and worth the read.

Mark_Daly May 16, 2016

A fresh take on classic Bible tales, enigmatic and thought provoking... yet flawed by the authors compulsion to explain everything in the extensive afterword and source notes.

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ptv023
May 04, 2016

Those familiar with Brown's work in the classic 90s underground comic Yummy Fur, will be overjoyed to see him return to Biblical interpretations. His artwork and dialogue bring these oft-told stories new life, filled with subtle surrealism and mystery.

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