ERIC Number: EJ1027732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
Meek and Mild: American Children's Bibles' Stories of Jesus as a Boy
Dalton, Russell W.
Religious Education, v109 n1 p45-60 2014
The four canonical gospels provide readers with few details of the life of Jesus as a boy. Many authors of children's bibles in America, however, have been happy to fill in some of the details. This article suggests that these retellings regularly create or adapt stories of Jesus' childhood to teach children virtues that serve to affirm the status quo rather than virtues that would lead children to become agents of change and advocates for justice.
Descriptors: Didacticism, Childrens Literature, Biblical Literature, Moral Values, Literary Criticism, Literature Appreciation, Book Reviews, Relevance (Education), Child Development, Religion Studies, Christianity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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