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The Lion Bible in its Time

Lion Children, 2011
RRP 19.95

Reviewed by Bob Warrick.

Here is an overview of the Bible for middle to upper primary children with nine chapters, each of four pages, on the Old Testament and six on the New Testament.

The emphasis is on the visual.

Each chapter consists of two pages of mainly text with simple uncluttered maps, photos, and artist’s impressions of activities and events.

These are followed by a two page artist’s impression of life at the time showing homes, day to day household activities, farming, cottage industries and religious activities.

A side-bar on each page of text paraphrases or quotes in full a relevant passage of scripture – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 8-10,13 and Philippians 4:6-9 are found in the chapter Paul’s Missionary Journeys.

You won’t find Bible stories, but there’s enough to direct a young reader to a good children’s bible for the fuller story.

The book encourages understanding of the settings of the stories of the Bible.

In just 57 pages there is only brief mention of Psalms, Proverbs and the prophets, although Abraham, Jacob, Moses are there along with a brief mention of Saul, David and Solomon.

There’s a one page index of people and place names.