Biblical Times

Biblical Times

by Antony Mason, Michael Welpy, Michael Welply
     
 

This comprehensive full-color reference book introduces Biblical times by comparing the lives of well-to-do Egyptians with those of poor Israelites. Detailed illustrations and fact-filled text will engage readers while presenting true-to-life tales of this fascinating period.  See more details below

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This comprehensive full-color reference book introduces Biblical times by comparing the lives of well-to-do Egyptians with those of poor Israelites. Detailed illustrations and fact-filled text will engage readers while presenting true-to-life tales of this fascinating period.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6In these large, colorfully illustrated books, each double-page spread offers a short paragraph of historical background, surrounded by several full-color, captioned illustrations, sidebars, and other descriptive nuggets. This supplemental information is valid and interesting, describing artifacts, tools, buildings, social customs, and folkways. Unfortunately, the quality of the basic texts do not match that of the additional information. They are simplistic, occasionally misleading, and possibly incorrect. Biblical Times follows a rough chronological order from 800 B.C. to the Rome of the early Christians (A.D. 300). Information seems to have been taken from various versions of the Bible, with little attempt to compare and contrast archaeological discoveries and recorded historical fact with religious doctrine, myths, and legends. Statements such as "the Israelites...passed through...the Sinai Peninsula, where God gave their leader, Moses, the Ten Commandments," or Jesus's "first miracle took place at a marriage feast, when he turned water into fine wine," are not differentiated from historical fact. Jonathan Tubb's Bible Lands (Knopf, 1991) covers the same subject in greater detail and emphasizes archaeological discoveries and recorded history. Medieval Times discusses lords and ladies, village life, food and feasting, etc. The brevity of the text leaves questions unanswered, and Mason does not attempt to relate historical developments to their various causes and effects. Sarah Howarth's What Do We Know about the Middle Ages (1996) and Giovanni Caselli's History of Everyday Things: The Middle Ages (1988; o.p., both Peter Bedrick) cover this period in much greater detail.Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689809538
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/17/1996
Series:
If You Were There Ser.
Edition description:
1 American Series
Pages:
29
Product dimensions:
9.33(w) x 11.63(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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