I really like all the different children’s Bibles out there. I think it’s great that there is an amazing assortment of Bibles (both full text and truncated stories) that are reachable to children. Like this one:
There seems to be a resurgence among both publishing companies as well as pulpit preaching environments of a return to Gospel-centered content. In other words, while it is valuable to teach and instruct through books of the Bible and deal with topical, relevant issues in people’s lives, we might have lost the centrality of the Gospel of Jesus as the climax of history and how that applies to Bible study and dealing with the relevant life of Christians.
I can’t speak for the whole church, but I have appreciated this course correction toward a more Gospel-centered, Jesus-focused, kind of Spirit living.
It seems, then, that it was only a matter of time before one of the publishing companies decided to craft a Bible around this particular theme, which Zondervan did in making The Jesus Bible. That’s why the tagline reads: “Discover Jesus in every book of the Bible.”
The question is: Were they successful? Well… sort of.
The Jesus Bible highlights several features embedded within the offering of the NIV version of the biblical text:
- God’s Word: “The text of the Bible itself is the most important feature of this book” (p. vii).
- Book Introductions: “At the beginning of each book introduction, the question ‘Where is Jesus in this book?’ is answered” (p. vii).
- Daily Devotions: “You will find scattered throughout this Bible daily devotions about Jesus–enough for you to read one each day for a year” (p. vii).
- Live Like Jesus: “There are many application notes to help you ‘live like Jesus’ and apply his teachings to your life today” (p. viii).
- Hints of the Savior/Jesus Revealed: “Hundreds of clues highlight the promises and prophesies made about Jesus in the Old Testament and their fulfillments in the New Testament” (p. viii).
- Jesus Throughout the Bible: “Special four-color pages appear throughout the Bible that highlight Jesus and his life. These pages include: Jesus’ family tree, Jesus in the Psalms, timeline of Jesus’ life, lists of Jesus’ miracles and parables, and evidence of Jesus’ resurrection” (p. viii).
Strangely (and perhaps this is because it is geared toward children), the book introductions in The Jesus Bible only offer a 3-4 sentence window into the question of “where is Jesus in this book?” If this Bible is supposed to be saturated with “discovering Jesus in every book of the Bible” surely there is more going on in a book of the Bible than a simple paragraph can highlight.
Now, to be fair, the best part of this children-directed and Jesus-focused Bible is (apart from the biblical text itself) is the daily devotional content. These are amazing! Even more amazing is that the daily devotions are peppered strategically throughout the biblical meaning it is entirely feasible to think a student could start at the beginning of this Bible, read until you get to a devotion and then stop for the day… and then pick up where you left off the day before. This Bible could be used a great resource to read through the Bible in a year or just read through the Bible, and offer great practical application along the way.
Additionally, the hints of the Savior/Jesus revealed are helpful as well toward the goal of “discovering Jesus in every book of the Bible.” They seem strategically placed throughout the reading of Scripture to keep the reader engaged.
All in all, this is a decent full-text of the Bible that will help a student stay engaged in the reading of ancient literature.
Publisher: Zondervan | January 28, 2014
Target Ages: 9-12
Page Count: 1760
Scribd has an extended preview available of this Bible: The Jesus Bible, NIV
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