Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The Great Bible Discovery

Bible Pictures
Over the last few years, with the help of Amazon & Ebay, I've been slowly collecting 'The Great Bible Discovery' series of books, (originally published as Découvrir la Bible in 1983). There were 24 volumes in total, 18 books covering the Old Testament and 6 books covering the New. OM Publishing reprinted the whole of the New Testament as a combined book in 1999, but have no plans to reprint the Old Testament.

This collection of books contain some very good Bible figure reference, and they've proved extremely helpful over the years. One of my favorite artists, who worked on this series of books, is 'Paolo Eleuteri-Serpieri'. He has illustrated stories in books 1, 7, 8 and 19.
I was wondering if there was anyone out there who can help me to complete the set. There are six of the Old Testament stories that I still don't have. They are:
10. Elijah & Elisha.
11. Amos and the Righteousness of God.
13. Jeremiah.
15. Daniel, Ruth, Esther.
17. Jonah, Job, Ecclesiastes.
18. Pharisees Sadducees and Essenes.

If anyone has any of the above titles for sale, please email me!
Check out your church libraries, you might have a set gathering dust in the corner! The Old Testament books have red covers and the New Testament have blue, (see picture above).
Many thanks for your help!
Check out 'The Great Bible Discovery Update'

Update: 26.11.09
I now have the full set thanks to Stefan Koelewijn in the Netherlands!

What do 'Ewe' think?

It's that time of year again (in the U.K.) when all the baby lambs are born. We are very fortunate to be surrounded by farmland and we never tire of seeing the baby lambs each year.

When I was watching the lambs this year I was reminded of something that was said by one of our church members a number of years ago. He said that he never quite understood the parable of separating the sheep from the goats, (Matt 25:31-46), until he visited the Holy land on holiday. The problem he had was that separating sheep from goats in the u.k. would be a relatively easy thing to do, whereas in the context of the parable, the suggestion is that this could be a little tricky. It was only when he actually saw the sheep in Israel, that he realized just how similar they are to the goats!

Now, I'm not an expert on the many breeds of sheep in the u.k, but it's fair to say that the more commonly seen breeds have shorter up-turned ears and short wooly coats, as opposed to the longer lop-eared variety of sheep more commonly seen in Israel, (see photo). I also noticed that the sheep in Israel have longer, shaggier fur.
In the interview below, Diana Shimon mentioned the importance of becoming familiar with the 'ancient fauna' of Israel.

I have made the mistake, (a number of times), of drawing very 'English' sheep in my Bible pictures! Has anyone else made a similar mistake?
Photo © Bibleplaces.com 2008

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