- Age Range: 9 and up
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: DK CHILDREN (March 15, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1564584720
- ISBN-13: 978-1564584724
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 276 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Children's Illustrated Bible Hardcover – March 15, 1994
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In this outstanding edition of the Bible, the stories of the Old and New Testaments are retold by Selina Hastings in a lucid, flowing style for children's enjoyment and edification. Hastings consulted with a cadre of educators, scholars, and religious advisors to retain the original feel and poetry of the Bible, while appealing to contemporary young readers with clear, lively language. The somewhat lackluster illustrations on every page are not nearly as compelling as the stories themselves, but the variety of other artwork, including maps and color photographs of artifacts, plants, biblical places, animals, people, and architecture, makes up for any deficit there. All the best-known parables and teachings are here, including "The Plagues of Egypt," "The Birth of Jesus," "Jacob's Ladder," "Noah's Ark," "Judas Plots to Betray Jesus," and "The Resurrection," among many others. This volume also includes a "Who's Who in the Bible Stories" as well as quotations from the King James Bible, identified by chapter and verse. Hastings has written several other collections of Bible stories, including The Birth of Jesus and The Miracles of Jesus. And for a smaller, stockier version of the same book, check out Hastings's The Children's Illustrated Bible. (Ages 8 and older) --Emilie Coulter
Gr. 4-7. Considering the spectacular graphics of most Dorling Kindersley books, this illustrated Bible may be something of a disappointment. The book combines small photographs with rather listless pastel artwork. The color photos show artifacts, clothing, architecture, and various plants and animals of biblical times, among many other items. The big draw here is not the art, but rather the fluent retellings and the chapters of background information that place the stories in their historical and geographical contexts. Topics include life in Canaan, the land of the New Testament, and the early Church. A comprehensive volume that should find a place on religion shelves. Ilene Cooper
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For example, in a section following the story of Paul's conversion, the commentary reads that Paul "felt that Christ appeared to him in a vision." They didn't write that Paul had a vision. They said he "felt" he'd had a vision. This is a Bible, and the commentary should affirm what the Bible says is true. Luke, the writer of Acts, states it as fact that the Lord spoke to Paul on the Road to Damascus. Paul describes it as fact that the Lord spoke to him from heaven, blinded him, and changed his name and his ways. The early church leaders believed this as do current day believers. This is just one example of how the commentary plants seeds of doubt instead of growing faith.
Another example is their inclusion of information about the gnostic writings known as the "Gospel of Thomas." The excerpt says, "Early Christians had many gospels alongside the four later included in the Bible. The Gospel of Thomas...taught that believers would be saved through self knowledge..." The writers share that this "gospel" tells of a different path to salvation and that many other "gospels" were popular during the early church. It seems this information is included to cast doubt into the minds of the readers about the Gospels that were ultimately canonized. Gnosticism, the belief that all matter is evil and that all spirit is good, was denounced in its earliest forms in 2 Timothy and in 1,2,3 John. The existence of a "Gospel of Thomas" shouldn't be put forth in a way the stirs up doubt, rather if it's to be mentioned at all in a Children's Bible it should be to affirm what the other New Testament writers wrote i.e. that false teachers existed then and will continue to exist until Christ's return.
Another example of the commentary seeming to want to challenge ideas put forth in the Bible: "Our idea of the Philistines comes from the writings of their enemies, the Israelites. So "Philistine" became a term of abuse for someone uncultured. Yet this Philistine strainer, decorated with a face, is finer than any Israelite pottery of the time. "
There are a number of other instances where the commentary reads like it's written by a skeptic with phrases like "according to the Bible" and not a person of faith. Because of this, I wouldn't recommend this Bible. Particularly since it is geared toward young minds who are still learning to defend and guard their faith.