The Contemporary Meme Bible

There are a LOT of memes going around with Bible verses. It hit me the other day that “the meme” has become a new dialect of contemporary culture. In the spirit of Martin Luther, who believed the people should have the Scripture available to them in their own tongue, I thought it would be fun (and hopefully funny) to make the CMB – the Contemporary Meme Bible. So I’m going to work my way through the Bible creating original memes for the major stories. Right now I’ve got the Old Testament and the Synoptics complete. I’ll include links to the text for those who want to read the biblical stories. So let’s get started.

Table of Contents

GENESIS: In the Beginning

Genesis 1 – Creation

Meme Bible - Genesis 1

Genesis 3 – Original Sin

Meme Bible - Genesis 3

Genesis 4 Cain & Abel

Meme Bible - Genesis 4

Genesis 6 – The Flood

Meme Bible - Genesis 6

Genesis 8 – The Flood

Meme Bible - Genesis 8

Genesis 11 – The Tower of Babel

Meme Bible - Genesis 11

Genesis 18 Abraham & Sarah

Meme Bible - Genesis 18

Genesis 19 – Sodom & Gomorrah

Meme Bible - Genesis 19

Genesis 21 – Sarah & Hagar

Meme Bible - Genesis 21

Genesis 22 – Abraham & Isaac

Meme Bible - Genesis 22

Genesis 25 – Jacob & Esau

Meme Bible - Genesis 25

Genesis 27 – A Father’s Blessing

Meme Bible - Genesis 27

Genesis 29 – Leah & Rachel

Meme Bible - Genesis 29

Genesis 32 – Jacob Wrestles with God

Meme Bible - Genesis 32

Genesis 37 – Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors

Meme Bible - Genesis 37

Genesis 39 – Joseph in Potiphar’s House

Meme Bible - Genesis 39

Genesis 41 – Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams

Meme Bible - Genesis 41

Genesis 42-45 – Joseph & His Brothers

Meme Bible - Genesis 45

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EXODUS: Let My People Go

Exodus 1 – Conflict in Egypt

Meme Bible - Exodus 1 (10)

Exodus 1:18 – An Evil King

Meme Bible - Exodus 1 (18)

Exodus 2:3 – Baby Moses

Meme Bible - Exodus 2 (3)

Exodus 2:10 – Baby Moses

Meme Bible - Exodus 2 (10)

Exodus 3:10 – God calls Moses

Meme Bible - Exodus 3 (10)

Exodus 3 – God talks to Moses

Meme Bible - Exodus 3

Exodus 7:13 – Pharaoh responds to Moses

Meme Bible - Exodus 7 (13)

Exodus 7-10 – The 10 Plagues

Meme Bible - Exodus 7-10

Exodus 12:12 – The 10th Plague

Meme Bible - Exodus 12 (12)

Exodus 12:33 – The Exodus

Meme Bible - Exodus 12 (33)

Exodus 14-15 – Crossing the Red Sea

Meme Bible - Exodus 14-15

Exodus 16 – Bread from Heaven

Meme Bible - Exodus 16

Exodus 18 – Jethro (Moses’ father-in-law) gives Moses advice…

Meme Bible - Exodus 18

Exodus 20 – The 10 Commandments

Meme Bible - Exodus 20

Exodus 32 – The Golden Calf

Meme Bible - Exodus 32

Exodus 32 – The Golden Calf

Meme Bible - Exodus 32 (15)

Exodus 40 – Building the Tabernacle

Meme Bible - Exodus 40

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LEVITICUS: Layin’ Down the Law…

Meme Bible - Leviticus 1

Leviticus 4: Sin Offerings

Meme Bible - Leviticus 4

Leviticus 11: Clean & Unclean Animals

Meme Bible - Leviticus 11

Leviticus 18: Unlawful Sexual Relations

Meme Bible - Leviticus 18

Leviticus 25: Kindness for the Poor

Meme Bible - Leviticus 25(35-46)

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NUMBERS: Seriously, How Many Times Do We Need to Take a Census?

Meme Bible - Numbers

Numbers 1: A Census

Meme Bible - Numbers 1

Numbers 11: The People of Israel Complain

Meme Bible - Numbers 11

Numbers 12: Aaron & Miriam Oppose Moses

Meme Bible - Numbers 12

Numbers 13: Spies Sent Into the Land

Meme Bible - Numbers 13

Numbers 20: Moses Strikes the Rock

Meme Bible - Numbers 20

Numbers 22: Balaam’s Donkey Speaks

Meme Bible - Numbers 22

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DEUTERONOMY: Here We Go Again…

Meme Bible - Deut

Deuteronomy 4:41-43 – Cities of Refuge

Meme Bible - Deut 5 (41-43)

Deuteronomy 6 – The Greatest Commandment

Meme Bible - Deut 6

Deuteronomy 9 – God’s Grace, Not Human Behavior

Meme Bible - Deut 9 (1-12)

Deuteronomy 14 – Rules on Tithing

Meme Bible - Deut 14 (22-29)

Deuteronomy 18:9-14 – Be Holy

Meme Bible - Deut 18 (9-14)

Deuteronomy 30 – Choosing Life or Death

Meme Bible - Deut 30 (1-10)

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JOSHUA: It’s About a Dude

Joshua 2 – Rahab & the Spies

Meme Bible - Joshua 2

Joshua 6 – The Fall of Jericho

Meme Bible - Joshua 6

Joshua 7 – Achan’s Sin

Meme Bible - Joshua 7

Joshua 10 – Long Days in the Army

Meme Bible - Joshua 10

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JUDGES: You Never Know What You’re Gonna Get

Meme Bible - Judges

Judges 1:27-36 – Failure to Complete the Conquest

Meme Bible - Judges 1 (27-36)

Judges 3 – Ehud, the Left-Handed

Meme Bible - Judges 3

Judges 4 – Deborah Takes Charge

Meme Bible - Judges 4

Judges 11 – Jephthah’s Daughter

Meme Bible - Judges 11

Judges 16 – Samson & Delilah

Meme Bible - Judges 16

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RUTH: If You Like It Then You Better Put a Ring on It

Ruth 1

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1 & 2 SAMUEL: God Turns a Prophet

1 Samuel 3 – God Calls Samuel
1 Samuel 4 – Philistines Steal the Ark
1 Samuel 8 – Israel Asks for a King
1 Samuel 13 – Saul Disobeys God
1 Samuel 15-16 – Saul Rejected as King
1 Samuel 17 – David & Goliath
1 Samuel 18-19 – Saul Vs. David
1 Samuel 24 – David Spares Saul’s Life
1 Samuel 28 – Saul & The Witch of Endor
2 Samuel 6 – David Dances Before the Ark
2 Samuel 11 – David & Bathsheba
2 Samuel 13 – David’s Messed Up Kids
2 Samuel 23 – David’s Mighty Men

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1-2 KINGS: Who Put These Guys in Charge?!?

1 Kings 3 – Solomon the Wise Guy
1 Kings 4 – Solomon’s Wealth
1 Kings 11 – The Ladies Man
1 Kings 12 – The Kingdom Divided
1 Kings 17 – Elijah Can’t Cut the Carbs
1 Kings 18 – Elijah Calls Bull
2 Kings 2 – Elijah Gets some Sky Miles
2 Kings 4 – Elijah’s Deadly Stew
2 Kings 6 – 4 Chords and a Screamin’ High Key
2 Kings 8-18 – It’s Really a Crap-Shoot
2 Kings 23 – Josiah Remembers God’s Law

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1-2 CHRONICLES: Deja Vu

Seriously, folks…

EZRA-NEHEMIAH – I’m Comin’ Home!

Ezra 1 – I’m baaaack!
Ezra 10 – People Confess Their Sin
Nehemiah 2 – Inspecting Jerusalem’s Wall
Nehemiah 3 – Rebuilding the Wall
Nehemiah 5 – Nehemiah Stops the Oppression of the Poor

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ESTHER – Israeli Wonder Woman

Esther 1 – The Queen Mouths Off
Esther 6-7 – Esthers Saves Mordecai’s Butt
Esther 8 – Saving All God’s People

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JOB: Misery loves company

Job 1 – Satan & God Have a Convo
Job 2 – Job’s wife doesn’t get it…
Job 4-37 – Job’s friends blame him…
Job 42 – God gets involved

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PSALMS: David sure was a touchy-feely dude

Psalm 22
Psalm 23
Psalm 28
Psalm 42
Psalm 121
Psalm 136
Psalm 140

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PROVERBS: This sounds smart

Proverbs 1
Proverbs 3
Proverbs 4
Proverbs 5
Proverbs 25
Proverbs 31

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ECCLESIASTES: Everything sucks…

Ecclesiastes 1 – What’s the point?
Ecclesiastes 3 – To everything turn, turn turn…
Ecclesiastes 5 – Can’t buy it…
Ecclesiastes 8 – YOU DON’T KNOW!
Ecclesiastes 9 – You can run, but you can’t hide!

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SONG OF SONGS: Say what now???

Song of Songs – This is so messed up…
Song of Songs 4 – Um, what?
Song of Songs 4 – You’ve got issues, man!
Song of Songs 7 – Well, cats are better than gazelles…

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ISAIAH: Brace yourselves – judgment is coming

Isaiah 1 – Israel rebels again
Isaiah 5 – Woe to the wicked…
Isaiah 40 – A voice crying in the wilderness
Isaiah 65 – keep it orderly, folks!

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DANIEL: You want me to eat what now?

Daniel 1 – Livin’ the Dream
Daniel 1 – C’mon, you know it’s true…
Daniel 3 – Burn, Baby, Burn
Daniel 5 – The Writing on the Wall
Daniel 6 – Daniel and the Cowardly Lions

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THE PROPHETS – You’re all repeating yourselves

Seriously – like, all of them…

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THE GOSPELS: It’s the good news, yo!

Matthew, Mark, Luke – IT’S PLAGIARISM! (called synoptics)
Matthew 4 – Tempting!
Matthew 5 – Jesus goes above and beyond in ethics
Matthew 5-7 – Hillside Preaching
Mark 6 – Loaves and…Cats?!?
Matthew 12 – A brood of vipers…
Mark 12 – Conflict with the Man!
Matthew 14 – Adultery!
Luke 19 – A wee little man!
Matthew 17 – The Holy Ghosts, Batman!
Matthew 21 – Jesus Challenged
Matthew 26 – A Betrayal
Matthew 28 – He’s Alive!
Matthew 28

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There you have it. Let me know which ones are your favorites. Feel free to share this post and the Meme Bible with others. I’ll put up Job when it’s done.