- 20th Century Bibles
The children's Bible. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1924.
The children’s Bible was the result of the syllabus
for religious education set up by the Cambridgeshire Education Committee in the
early 1920s. Derived from the Authorised Version, this book of selected
biblical stories was based primarily on the portion of the syllabus prescribed
for children aged seven to eleven.
however deemed suitable for all elementary schools and the junior forms of
secondary schools. Rather than functioning as a substitute for the entire
Bible, it was hoped that The children’s
Bible would instil a lifelong love of the Christian story and the Word of
God by accessibly presenting those parts of Scripture most attractive to
John Stirling (editor). The Bible for young folks: the King James Version of the Holy Bible arranged, explained and adapted so that the inspiring contents may be better understood. Chicago: Consolidated Book Publishers, 1945.
based upon the Authorised Version, The
Bible for young folks was an attempt to create a Bible easily understood by
younger readers, but without in any way compromising the meaning of the
Scripture narrative. Instead of following the biblical arrangement of verses,
it divides the narrative into short paragraphs and sections whilst utilising
copious illustrations, colour plates and small picture maps.
The children's Living Bible: paraphrased. Illustrated by Richard and Frances Hook. Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, 1972.
The Living Bible, created by Kenneth N. Taylor,
was a bestseller of the early 1970s due to the accessibility of its modern
language which appealed to newcomers to Bible study and reluctant readers. The Children’s Living Bible soon
followed, utilising the same simplified text and embellished by the colour
illustrations of Richard and Frances Hook.