The World of the Old Testament: A Curious Kid's Guide to the Bible's Most Ancient Stories
Illustrated By: Jemima Maybank
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The World of the Old Testament: A Curious Kid's Guide to the Bible's Most Ancient Stories  -     By: Marc Olson
    Illustrated By: Jemima Maybank
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The stories of the Old Testament portray a world completely foreign from our own. Curious kids riveted by these stories are likely to come away with questions. Who were the people who lived in the time and place in which these stories were set? How did they work? What did they eat? What were their families and tribes like? How did they fight? What did they believe about God, kings, enemies, and the world around them? And above all, what does any of it have to do with how we read and understand the books that make up the first half of the Bible? The Curious Kid's Guide to the World of the Old Testament answers these questions and more, with colorful illustrations, charts, graphs, maps, and other infographics that will keep kids' attention for hours, and send them back to the Bible with surprising new insights andunderstanding.

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Title: The World of the Old Testament: A Curious Kid's Guide to the Bible's Most Ancient Stories
By: Marc Olson
Illustrated By: Jemima Maybank
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 64
Vendor: Beaming Books
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 12.25 X 9.25 X 0.25 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 6 ounces
ISBN: 1506450598
ISBN-13: 9781506450599
Ages: 9-14
Series: Curious Kid's Guide
Stock No: WW450599

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The stories of the Old Testament portray a world completely foreign from our own. Curious kids riveted by these stories are likely to come away with questions. Who were the people who lived in the time and place in which these stories were set? How did they work? What did they eat? What were their families and tribes like? How did they fight? What did they believe about God, kings, enemies, and the world around them? And above all, what does any of it have to do with how we read and understand the books that make up the first half of the Bible? The World of the Old Testament: A Curious Kid's Guide to the Bible's Most Ancient Stories answers these questions and more, with colorful illustrations, charts, graphs, maps, and other infographics that will keep kids' attention for hours, and send them back to the Bible with surprising new insights and understanding.

Curious Kids' Guides present cool and surprising information about Christian history and beliefs in an entertaining, visually engaging way for kids.

Author Bio

Marc Olson is a theologian and author of The World Jesus Knew: A Curious Kid's Guide to Life in the First Century, among other titles in the Curious Kids' Guides series. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jemima Maybank has an illustration style inspired by the minimal shapes and subtle use of textures seen in mid-century children's books. She lives in England.

Endorsements

Gr 4-6 - Old Testament vocabulary gets a fresh take in this kid-friendly Bible guide. Certain key words found in the Old Testament are explained, such as agriculture, sacrifice, divination, and slavery, which are discussed over a spread and accompanied by simple illustrations to aid readers' understanding. Although the book doesn't contain back matter, the introduction clarifies what "we" know and what "we" don't know about the Old Testament. The text breaks down the difference between myth and history and how the Old Testament uses both. The work maintains a fairly unbiased tone and uses simple wording to explain complex topics. For instance, the page about slavery shows an illustration of a person sleeping on hay with a donkey. The text tells readers, "Some slaves were cared for as members of the family---but others were treated no better than animals." Each spread contains a section called "In the Bible" that cites multiple examples of the topic in the Bible and identifies the corresponding verse. VERDICT This work offers a glimpse into the Old Testament for young readers, but the term guide could cause some confusion.---Anna Taylor, Darien Library, CT

Midwest Book Review

Intended for young readers ages 9-14, The World of the Old Testament draws upon the latest archaeology and research to portray what life was like in biblical times. Created especially to provide authentic, historical context to stories of the Bible, in a format thoroughly accessible to young adults, The World of the Old Testament is utterly fascinating from cover to cover and a "must" for personal, public, school, and church library collections. Highly recommended!

The Pioneer Press

People, places and customs mentioned in the Christian bible are explained in this interesting book, subtitled “A Curious Kid’s Guide to the Bible’s Most Ancient Stories.” Lots of colored illustrations, some very pretty, enhance topics ranging from Mesopotamia to food, idols to prophets. Small boxes of type explain aspects of each topic, with larger information boxes about what the bible has to say on a given topic and where in the book relevant passages can be found. In a starred review, Booklist called this guide “a complete package that will have wide appeal and puts a clear focus on biblical times.”

Editorial Reviews

"...Utterly fascinating from cover to cover and a "must" for personal, public, school, and church library collections. Highly recommended!" --Midwest Book Review

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