Kids’ bibles, one exception, almost


After yesterday’s blog on kids’ bibles setting God up as a severe school master type in their accounts of creation, I’ve found one exception, almost.

The Lion Illustrated Bible for Children, written by Lois Rock, states:

Then God planted a garden in Eden, in the East. It was filled with beautiful trees that gave good fruit. In the middle of the garden stood the tree of life and the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is bad.

God placed the man in the Garden of Eden, so that it would be a home for him. “Take care of this place,” said God, “and it will provide you with all you need. Only take care not to eat the fruit from the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is bad, for if you do, you will die.”

This is so nearly very good. It makes God appear generous and it mentions the tree of life. What it doesn’t do is explain the function of the tree of life as it does the other tree. As both trees function as a means of ratifying God’s promise, it would be better phrased “In the middle of the garden stood the tree that gives the promise of life forever and…” This way, the primary focus is on the promises of God with a secondary focus on the prohibition.

I’m relieved that my boys will soon be joining their sister in reading the International Childrens’ Bible.

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