Theirs Is the Kingdom: The New Testament

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Retells the stories of the New Testament with the intention of being faithful to the Scriptures, sensitive to the Bible's richness, and alert to children's needs.

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Grade 5 Up Due to the felicitous collaboration of a theologian (Hagan) and a storyteller (Westerhof), this extensive presentation of New Testament stories is faithful to the spirit of the Scriptures, even while adding conjectural details and occasionally weaving in bits of story or song from other Bible passages. The authors are aware of Old Testament import and are sensitive to the layers of meaning embedded in Bible stories. Their explanations, compatible with current Bible scholarship, expand the narrative and increase its readability. Quotations are translated into easy conversation. Six sections picture Christ's kingdom according to the gospel writers and Acts. A final section on Revelation, while lengthier than that found in other Bible retellings, seems appropriate to the expressed interests of today's young readers. Stoub's sketches in ink wash, pencil, and watercolor are strewn generously across the pages as natural extensions of the text. They succeed in capturing essential moods and actions. New Testament coverage in The Doubleday Illustrated Children's Bible (1983) by Stoddard, for the same audience, is not as inclusive, but the illustrations are commanding. Batchelor's The Children's Bible in 365 Stories (Lion, 1985; o.p.) is more dependent on direct Biblical translation and does not involve readers as well. An engaging book, whether read alone or aloud. Katharine Bruner, Brown Middle School, Harrison, Tenn.
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