- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- 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: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Picture Bible Hardcover – August 15, 1998
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have learned more from this book then I have from all my years of attending church. Get it for your kids, or read it yourself. Its worth it.Published 6 days ago by Marion R. Jensen
Great Bible for children. We always give this as gift for 1st communicantsPublished 8 days ago by Mom of 7
My boys, ages 7, 8, and 11, absolutely love this and read it all the time. It was a great investment. The illustrations are wonderful, and the stories are retold very well. Read morePublished 9 days ago by C. Anderson
Not being a big reader, this comic book-style bible grabbed my attention as a child and made the scriptures come to life. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Rob
They will read it again and again and gain a good understanding and interest of biblical history from a young agePublished 14 days ago by David Lawrenson
The first copy we bought second hand and after years and several kids we needed a new one.Published 1 month ago by The Cute Review
This is the 5th one my mother has purchased for her grandchildren. All 3 of my boys loved them. Kept their interest as it is in comic book form. Would purchase again.Published 1 month ago by Dee