THE FAMILY ILLUSTRATED BIBLE

I was so impressed with this Illustrated Bible from the beautiful drawing of Noah on the front cover to the very last page. It was previously published as The Children’s Bible. But I can’t image the pictures or drawings being as beautiful in the older version. Each and every page is outstanding!

I loved how each subject of the Bible was told in simple terms so a child could understand but yet mentioned things that I had either forgotten or never knew. I loved to just drink in the words and pictures and then meditate on what was taught.  I can’t wait to read and discuss it with my grandchildren. I know they will love it, also.

There are over 74 teachings from the Old Testament and over 60 from the New Testament. Of course, the first being The Creation but also include Balaam’s Donkey and Rahab and the Spies. The New Testament begins with A Son for Zechariah and includes Jesus and the Children.

Along with each lesson being easy for children to understand and with great pictures and illustration, are reference pages that give additional history information and pictures. On these pages are graphs of the time line involved. There is just so much in this book!  The last few pages are dedicated to giving a brief bio of the people in the Bible. For instance, if you looked up Paul you would find,”Born a Pharisee in Tarsus, Paul was at first a persecutor of the Christians. But he was converted after he saw a vision of Jesus, changing his Hebrew name of Saul to Paul. He spread the word on his missionary journeys and helped build up the early church.”
But there were a couple of things I did not agree with. It says on pg. 23 that “Noah quickly set to work to find the creatures that God had told him he must save and lead them into the safety of the ark.” But in Genesis 7:7-9,it says, “And Noah and his sons and his wife and sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark.” Another statement I do not agree with was about the creation. On page 19 it says, “On the sixth day, God said, ‘Let there be living creatures on the land.’ And He covered the earth with creatures of all shapes and sizes, from the tiniest flea to the mightiest lion.” I don’t see fleas as being declared good by God and wonder if they were part of the curse, along with the weeds. Just a thought!

 

I would love to thank New Leaf Press for giving me this beautiful illustrated Bible which is beautiful enough to use as a coffee table book. I will enjoy reading this to my grandchildren for years to come and give it as a “treasure” to one of them to share with their children. I see it as becoming a beautiful heirloom.

 

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