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The Picture Bible Hardcover – August 15, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Picture Bible
  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (August 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781430550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781430555
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

I loved The Picture Bible as a child and read it many times.
E. Harris
It really is a great book for helping young children understand the Bible stories and not get bored while an adult reads to them.
M. Kerr
The 1978 edition of Picture Bible, if you can find one in the rare book section, is superior to later editions in my opinion.
David R. Criser

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141 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Alderman on April 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I disagree with the review written by Andrew B. Morseman on September 20, 2000, and I strongly recommend this book for teachers of higher elementary grades and summer or Vacation Bible schools. I respect his opinion, which is why I am rebutting it here, legally, in view of the public.
This book is an excellent way to expose older children and young teens to the bible as religious literature, or as educational literature, because it synopsizes events, clarifies characters, and artfully omits some of the vissictudes and harsher realities of ancient times.
While not fully accurate to the facts, the general events and key characters are magnified as the centers of the stories, with geneaologies of the Hebrew and Israelic ancestors telescoped or omitted. Most children do not have the attention span or interest to digest the historical record-keeping which the bible contains, and many are not ready to deal with the full goriness of bloodshed, sex, and intricate conspiracy which dominates all of human history. The Picture Bible dances around many such events which are distracting with regard to the main storyline, (i.e. the rape of Tamar does not directly affect the life or rule of David) omitting irrelevancies and euphemizing "mature" material.
The illustrations cleverly indicate the characters, their moods, and the passage of time, to project a limited idea of the timeframe of the individual stories, the scope of indivdual storylines, and people interweave seamlessly as individuals from one story to another. The chapter divisions are marvelously episodic, and clearly identify the biblical texts from which they are derived.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mehri Kaufman on October 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 9 year old son received this Bible for christmas last year and in one year he read it from cover to cover 7 times. He loves it.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I first encountered The Picture Bible as a child of about 11 when it was given to me as a gift. I was fascinated by the easy to read, exciting stories and illustrations. The comic strip format was neither too childish, nor too "grown up" and the accuracy gave me a solid background until I was ready to cut my teeth on the real thing. More than 10 years later I am happy to see this book is still available and I have just ordered a copy for my nephew. It is a great teaching tool for children. I know from first hand experience!
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141 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Andrew B. Morsman on September 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We bought The Picture Bible as it was required for a daughter's class in a Christian school. After reading only a few pages, my wife and I became convinced that the book falls far short of what we expected from such a work.
The main deficiency is in the area of accuracy to the actual Biblical text. In addition to creating extra-Biblical dialog for characters to speak, the author has also made glaring errors in an apparent attempt to make stories flow more to his liking.
A prime example of this is found in the story of the two angels who visit Lot in Sodom (Gen. 19). In the Bible, the residents of Sodom demand that the angels be sent out of the house so they can have carnal relations with them, a clear example of the depths of depravity existing in Sodom. According to The Picture Bible, however, the citizens of Sodom, believing the two strangers to "look like trouble," determine to run them out of town. By changing the story in this way, the Sodomites appear to have civic virtue in mind, rather than personal lust. Therefore, when God destroys Sodom, He comes across as irrational and cruel, rather than righteously expressing His anger at the sin of Sodom. In this manner, the entire meaning of the passage is not only lost, but turned on its head.
Another, relatively minor problem, but one which characterizes the poor thought given to development of The Picture Bible is seen in the story of Sarah learning at the age of 90 that she will become pregnant and have a child (Gen. 17, 18). When Sarah first hears of this and says she is too old to have a child, she appears to be somewhere between 30 and 40 years old, and certainly less than 50. Abraham, who is 99 at the time, has a brown beard and appears hale and hearty.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Crease in the Page on February 18, 2005
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Throughout our elementary school years, my sister and I did our nightly "devotions" using this comic book Bible. Though I'm now 29 years old, I still imagine all the events in the Bible just the way this comic book portrays them.

My own young children have been given many Bible story books, but most of them focus only on the cute, feel-good stories such as Noah's ark, baby Moses floating in the reed basket, and baby Jesus in the manger. The Picture Bible, on the other hand, contains a much broader story selection, even some more graphic drawings, such as Goliath being slain by David. (Don't worry, it's not TOO graphic.)

There's only one problem with this "Bible:" The characters look quite caucasian. The drawings are probably not ethnically accurate.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JJ on November 8, 2005
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Wow, this bible is amazing and a great base for young children to learn and remember bible stories.

My parents got me a picture bible when I was young. I don't know how many times I read it all the way through (once in 2 weeks), but it was great. Looking back, I now realize that this book was a large reason for why I now remember so much about the bible stories, and it's helped form a solid base of knowledge for me to start really asking and thinking about the harder questions to get a good understanding of God and Jesus and his relationship with us.

I didn't remember which bible it was, and I started looking for it on amazon for a new Christian friend. As soon as I saw the same ol' drawings in "The Picture Bible" from the website, it instantly brought back a flood of memories, and I knew this was the one (although probably in a much earlier edition).

I don't know how it will work on my friend, but in the hands of a kid who likes to read comic books over and over again, this is perhaps one of the best tools to instill a solid base of biblical knowledge...and without even feeling like church or Sunday School.
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