Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Family Illustrated Bible Review

Family Illustrated Bible
Family Illustrated Bible

Family Illustrated Bible is a beautifully illustrated collection of stories from the Bible from The Creation to The Revelation.

Initially upon flipping through this book, I see a number of pages that have a Dorling Kindersley (DK) feel to them.  Checking further, I see that I am correct!  These pages are filled with fascinating photos and historical facts  BUT  are lacking when it comes to true Biblical knowledge. 

For example, on page 314 under "The Christians" is says:

"Soon after Jesus's crucifixion, his followers in Jerusalem preached that he had risen from the dead and was the Messiah foretold in the scriptures.  The first Christians were Jews, who did not see themselves as followers of a new religion.  As time passed there was a growing conflict between the followers of Jesus and other Jews.  Christianity was then given a new start by Paul, who preached the faith to gentiles (non-Jews)."

A new start?  This passage seems to elude that Paul started a new movement or is somehow singly responsible for the spread of the Gospel during this period in History.

On the next page is mentioned, "The Gospel of Thomas"  saying that it "taught that believers would be saved through self-knowledge, for "The Kingdom of God is inside you."  "

The Gospel of Thomas isn't even in the Bible and is not representative of Biblical Doctrine!

I wish New Leaf Press would have been more selective in the DK information they choose to include.  Because of this, I have a hard time recommending this book.  This book would be acceptable if this erroneous information was removed.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm sounds like you had an experience with the old adage "you get what you pay for". LOL Unfortunately there are many publishers that are publishing family friendly and religious books without any understanding of the subject matter. To them it is just making money off of a segment of the population hungry for something other than what Hollywood gives.