The Visual Word

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Figures de la Bible (1728)

As the title suggests, this is an older collection entitled "Figures de la Bible." The collection of 242 images is illustrated by Gerard Hoet, and others and published by P. de Hondt in The Hague (La Haye), 1728. The digitized collection is made available to the public courtersy Kerry Magruder and the Bizzell Bible Collection at the University of Oklahoma.

Like some of the other older collections, I love how the collection covers stories which are not normally mentioned in modern children's story books. This closed selection seems to only repeat certain more popular stories resulting in a limited understanding of "the whole counsel of God" and a "canon within a canon" effect for our kids! Also, there is a caption and commentary accompanying the picture which is great! This picture for example is accompanied by the following text:
The battle betwixt Joshua and the five Kings. Joshua 10:11

And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah,and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword. (KJV)



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