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The Golden Children's Bible [Hardcover]

By Golden Books (Author) & Jose Miralles (Illustrator)
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Illustrations and text combine to provide a children's introduction to the Bible and the stories it tells

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Illustrations and text combine to provide a children's introduction to the Bible and the stories it tells.

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The Golden Children's Bible by Golden Books & Jose Miralles has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2007 page 109
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1993

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Golden Inspirational
Pages   512
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 7.5" Height: 10.25"
Weight:   3.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 25, 2006
Publisher   Golden Inspirational
Age  8-12
ISBN  0307165205  
ISBN13  9780307165206  
UPC  033500168352  

Availability  272 units.
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Scripture made accessible  Mar 22, 2007
Though in my later years I see this children's Bible's translation is not scholarly, it still gives the meat and bones of the Scriptures in a format that is easily accessible to children. Many people find reading the Bible difficult, especially if they try it straight through, because of the many geneaologies and lists of that sort. Parts of the Old Testament literally read like law books. . . and I literally mean literally! This edition enables children, and adults if they are looking for this, to receive a comprehensive overview of the whole Bible in manageable format. Of course, giving Jesus blond hair is a bit much, but. . . one can deal with that.
Not Suitable for Catholic Children  Oct 11, 2006
The Golden Children's Bible is recommended by some Catholic homeschooling curriculum providers. This children's book is supposedly a collaborative effort between Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant scholars. However, I did not see any evidence of input from the Catholic scholars. In skimming over the text, I noted a number of areas that would be problematic for Catholics:

The first red flag is the translation of Genesis 3:15. The Latin Vulgate reads:

"inimicitias ponam inter te et mulierem et semen tuum et semen illius ipsa conteret caput tuum et tu insidiaberis calcaneo eius."

In the Douay-Rheims Bible, this is translated as:

"I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel."

The reference is to Mary, the new Eve, and the symbolism is a rich and important part of our faith. Think of Our Lady of Grace crushing the snake with her heel. I love that image! Now in the Golden Children' Bible it says:

"I shall make the woman your enemy and her children the enemies of your children. They shall wound you in the head and you shall wound them in the heel."

It just doesn't have the force (or fidelity) of Mary crushing the head of the snake. It loses all of the symbolism of Mary as the new Eve. Eve brought sin into our lives by yielding to the snake, whereas Mary carried our Salvation in her womb and hence through her yielding to God's will she metaphorically stomped on the head of the snake (which symbolizes evil).

Another red flag is the beginning of St. Luke, where the Archangel Gabriel appears to Mary. In the Golden Children's Bible the angel says, not "Hail, full of grace," but rather, "Hail, most favored one." Again, a seemingly small change, but it makes a big difference as to whether children can discern that the opening words to the Hail Mary came from this passage. It also diminishes the teaching that Mary was not just most favored among women, but literally full of God's grace.

Finally, in Matthew 6 where Our Lord teaches us to pray, the Golden Children's Bible tacks on a doxology to the end of the Our Father, so that their version of the prayer ends with "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." Catholics should need no comment on the impropriety of inserting these words into the text.

Those three errors were enough for me to rule out this text. There might be more errors contained within; I did not feel I needed to read more. There are beautiful pictures and it's a huge book, but it's not worth exposing children to the errors. Children should be able to trust that their "Bible stories" should contain only truth. I don't know why anybody would recommend this book for Catholic children. There are better choices.
You have a winner.  Oct 7, 2006
The Golden Children's Bible reissues a classic first published in 1964, presenting new generations with a new cover with gold foil but retaining the foundations which made it so popular to prior generations. Six parts are drawn from the Old and New Testaments and cover all the major biblical stories in plain and easy language kids can appreciate. Add bright color drawings and you have a winner.
Wonderful Childrens Bible  Jan 23, 2006
This bible was given to me by my parents when I made my first communion more that 20 years ago. It has meant so much to me over these years. I plan on giving a copy as a communion gift to my son this year. As we read through mine we do not pay any attention as to what color hair someone has, or what color skin they have. This book is to educate your children on God, Jesus and many others, that is it. I'm so glad that it is still around.
I'm confused...  Nov 17, 2005
First, let me say that it is a great book for kids, especially if they are visual learners like I was and am. They can infer much of the story without even knowing how to read.

Second, the language IS rather similar to the King James, if slightly simplified. I wouldn't quite call it "modern" English. It still has some archaic phraseology: "He was a goodly child" or "And lo, the star which they saw..." So it isn't quite how I'd write it, but it's still reasonably clear and simple.

Third, I'm confused. Did anyone read any part besides the New Testament? I'm flipping through at random and found "colored" people in many places. (pp. 74, 99, 354, etc.) This is pretty generous for the book's vintage. The artist who rendered the life of Christ did choose to portray him with blonde hair and blue eyes, which are a little Scandinavian-hero-looking for my taste, yes. But on the other hand, I am personally acquainted with Jews who have blonde hair and blue eyes. They do exist. My best friend's husband is a full-blooded Iraqi (Babylonian, in Bible times) whose coloring is not too far off from our seemingly odd Christ. So don't knock it.

I can't think of any reason at all to pick a fight over a book that contains the original "love your neighbor as yourself" and tells us not to discriminate. I really don't think kids notice what color people are unless we point it out to them, any more than they might realize that one tulip is yellow and another is red. It's just skin. We're the same on the inside.

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