Bible for children

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"The Wise Men"; illustration from A Child's Story of the Bible, 1899

Children's Bibles, or Bibles for children, are often collections of Bible stories rather than actual translations of the Bible aimed at children.[1]

First printed in London in 1759, The Children's Bible (Philadelphia, 1763) was the earliest Bible for children printed in America.[2] Story-Bibles include Christian Gottlob Barth's Bible Stories which was a popular children's Bible in India during the 1840s, Logan Marshall's The Wonder Book of Bible Stories (1904), Arthur S. Maxwell's [3] The Bible Story (1953–57)[4] and The Children's Bible Story Book (1991) a children's version of the Bible by Anne de Graaf placed in United Kingdom primary schools by the charity Bibles for Children (founded 1997). Catherine F. Vos, wife of theologian Geerhardus Vos, was the author of the well known Child's Story Bible (1935).[5]

Actual Bible versions include the New Century Version, a simplified English revision of the International Children's Bible.

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  1. ^ Ruth B. Bottigheimer The Bible for Children: from the age of Gutenberg to the present - 1996 Yale; p. 39
  2. ^ The Pictus Orbis® Sambo Phyllis Settecase Barton, Pictus Orbus Press - 1998; p. 8 "In 1763, THE CHILDREN'S BIBLE, OR AN HISTORY OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, was printed and sold in Philadelphia by Andrew Steuart. First printed in London in 1759, this is the earliest Bible for children printed in America "
  3. ^ "The Man Behind the Most Famous Bible Stories" (The Bible Story)
  4. ^ The Bible Story is a ten-volume series of hardcover children's story books written by Arthur S. Maxwell based on the King James and Revised Standard versions of the Christian Bible. The books, published in 1953–57, retell most of the narratives of the Bible in 411 stories.
  5. ^ Vos, Catherine F., The Child's Story Bible, published by Wm. B. Eerdmanns Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1935