ERIC Number: EJ772802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Reference Count: 95
Perfect Prophets, Helpful Hippos, and Happy Endings: Noah and Jonah in Children's Bible Storybooks in the United States
Dalton, Russell W.
Religious Education, v102 n3 p298-313 Jun 2007
This article is based on a study of hundreds of children's bible storybooks available in the United States from 1850 to the present and focuses on the way the biblical stories of Noah and Jonah have been retold for children. These children's bible storybooks lend insight into the American church's changing assumptions about the purpose of the religious education of children and the nature of the Bible and its role in religious instruction. The author suggests that these retellings often change Hebrew Bible stories in ways that rob them of the very features that make them helpful resources for religious education. The author also offers suggestions for future authors, illustrators, and consumers of children's bible storybooks.
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Religious Education, History, Role, Authors, Story Telling, Content Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United States