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ovearall a good kids Bible ... but more room for improvement
on August 1, 2009
A great Bible for kids under 14. The BEST feature of this kids Bible is its translation use - the ESV version. This Bible comes also with a great number of pictures, cross-references, introduction, and in the appendinx: a plan of salvation, memory verses, and a short dictionary of Bible terms.
This this Bible tries to accomplish a lot besides providing the most accurate Bible text,such as: introducing Christian theology, encouraging verse memorization, providing a dictionary of terms, including helpful illustrations.
This Bible fails in a number of areas:
1) the images and illustrations are not the best quality or very accurately conveying the time period and culture of the people.
2) the paper quality is quite poor (not onion thin, but could be thicker so the pages do not break so easily). Looks and feels like recycled or poor-quality paper.
3) the audience for this Bible (due to the introduction, the "plan of salvation" (which is about "decision theology"), and the terms chosen to be included in the dictionary) is geared only to the Evangelical American Christians (calvinist theology).
This is by FAR NOT an ecumenical Bible that tries to include Roman-Catholics, Orthodox, Lutherans, or Anglicans in its readership. I was quite dissapointed by the sectarian inclination of this Bible when it came to the extra notes. That is the reason why I could not give this book 5 stars. The Bible text and translation work (ESV version) is great and very accurate.
AND I did buy this copy as a gift for my 5-year old niece whose family is Baptist (the parents were very happy).
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