A Model Children’s Bible

When the Institute first contacted Lion Publishing to inform them that their Children’s Bible in 365 Stories contained inaccurate and inflammatory statements about the Jewish people, their initial reaction was one of surprise.  They informed us that the manuscript had originated in England and was part of a licensing agreement for publication in America.

Their U.S. editor sent our  correspon-dence and recommendations to the editorial director in England.  After several years of discussion, a successful resolution was reached.  Happily, Lion has used all of the Institute’s  recommendations in their newly revised edition.  Comparisons of their prior and new editions are shown here.

This new version is a major accomplishment.  Over one  million copies of this Children’s Bible are now in print.

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1986 edition Edition Using  A.I.I. Recommendations

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The  Jewish teachers were strict about keeping the Ten Commandments, including the one that says, ‘Do not  murder.’  But there were murderous thoughts against Jesus in their hearts. The religious teachers were strict about keeping the Ten Commandments, including the one that says, ‘Do not murder.’ But many of them had murderous thoughts against Jesus in their hearts.

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‘We must stop Jesus working such wonders,’ the Jewish Leaders agreed.  ‘If we don’t, everyone will follow him.’  From that day they began to make plans to have Jesus arrested and killed as soon as possible. ‘We must stop Jesus working such wonders,’ the leaders agreed.  ‘If we don’t, everyone will follow him.’  From that day they began to make plans to have Jesus arrested and killed as soon as possible.

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The Jewish leaders were growing
more and more determined to
silence Jesus, once and for all.
The religious leaders were growing more and more determined to silence Jesus, once and for all.

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Some of the Jewish leaders were listening too and before long, some burly temple guards seized Peter and John and threw them into prison, by order of the Council. Some of the leaders were listening too and before long, some burly temple guards seized Peter and John and threw them into prison, by order of the Council.

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But soon he made enemies among the Jews who hated Jesus. They invented false charges against him and brought him before the council. But soon he made enemies among
those who hated Jesus. They invented false charges against him and brought him before the council.

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But the Jews who would have once  been his friends and allies, became Saul’s bitter enemies.  They made up their minds to stop his  preaching and made a plot to kill him. But his own people who would have once been his friends and allies, became Saul’s bitter enemies.  They made up their minds to stop his preaching and made a plot to kill him.

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God has told me that you will be arrested and the Jews will hand you over to the Romans. God has told me that you will be arrested and handed over to the Romans.

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But a little group of Jews took a solemn vow not to eat or drink until Paul was dead. But a little group of Judeans took a solemn vow not to eat or drink until Paul was dead.