I am looking for bed night stories about the bible for my sons. They are both in kindergarten. I want to teach them about the old testament, but I am looking for a version that is more conscious. Which means a version in which for example Cain and Able don’t kill each other, instead working through their misunderstandings. I want to teach my boys compassion and loyalty.
What do you think about a kids’ books edition of the bible that has a more conscious approach? Do you know a copy like this? Would you buy the bible with a more modern, conscious perspective?
There are a lot of difficult stories in the Bible, but no, I would not buy a version that said Cain and Abel worked out their differences, because that’s not what the Bible says. If I feel a story is not appropriate for my kids (and there are many that are not!) I would simply omit them, or buy a Bible storybook that doesn’t include them. There are a variety of children’s Bibles out there that are intended for different age groups.
I think it would be doing my children a disservice to tell them the Bible says something it doesn’t say. If I find a story problematic for their age, I will either add some of my own explanation for them (“It was a different world back then”), or just set it aside for the time being.
I would agree about wanting to teach kids compassion. But many figures and stories in the Old Testament are simply not meant to be moral lessons, so I don’t want to try and force them into that mold (though I know many of us experienced Sunday school lessons that tried to moralize everything). The “Telling God’s Story” curriculum from Well-Trained Mind focuses on Jesus for the first few years, and I like that approach. Some stories may be best saved for after they have a good foundation of knowing who Jesus was and how love and compassion were his foundation.
I agree-tough one. My sons were rather shocked at the stories (particularly in Judges) that we had not told them about. However, I think that they understand why. Regarding the Cain and Abel story, when they’re older a good moral may be that we all have a tendency to blame someone else for what we can’t control, and for what doesn’t seem fair.
Instead what about paralleling the stories with other stories.
Cain and Abel is a story where a brother lets jealous reign in his life. But with Jacob and Esau, we see them working through the things.
Or Delilah and Sampson is a story where a woman is a bad gf/wife ( not sure what she was ). David and Bathsheba is a story where a man is a terrible man. But Esther and Ruth are both stories of very good women. Ultimately the OT is messy and it’s either something you are ok with kids knowing about or either it’s something you hold them off on and either choice is fine. Way before the Bible was a collection of texts these were stories being handed down orally and I am fairly positive that not all stories were shared with all people. A father probably did not read a lot of it to his kids.
I’m hoping you know that most of us are not here to change the Bible into what we want it to say. We instead want to show that it says something different than what some people claim it says.
The Jesus Storybook Bible is neat. Also God’s Mighty Acts by Starr Meade. But these books contain selected stories, not Bible stories completely rewritten as moralistic, didactic lessons.
The Bible is what it is.
She was a Philistine seducer, sent to discover the source of Samson’s strength and bring about his downfall. Samson always struck me as more horny than holy, but kids love the story. The joke about the opera *Samson et Delilah * is that at the end he really brings the house down!
That is what I came here to recommend. Also in a recent book club session I attended with NT scholar Michael Bird on his new book Seven Things I Wish Christians Understood about the Bible, he mentioned that The Jesus Story Book Bible had done more to educate his incoming freshmen Bible students than any other book and it was a noticeable difference.