I love books actual books. The way they feel, how they smell. I love curling up in odd places with them propped open just right. They speak to me in a way audiobooks and eBooks never will.
But today’s Teachable Moment is brought to you by…..my Kindle. I discovered a treasure called The Curious Hieroglyphick Bible. I saw it on the Library of Congress list of books that shaped America. I hadnt ever heard of it, so I went trolling around the Internet. No copies at the local library, but Amazon had it and the first chapter was free on the Kindle – instant satisfaction for my curiosity!
Can I just say WOW!?
Its an 18th century collection of select passages of the Old & New Testaments illustrated with nearly 500 woodcuts. Sound boring? Not at all! Its an incredible work of art and the way it is put together is wonderfully clever. The title page describes it this way Represented with emblematical figures for the amusement of youth designed chiefly to familiarize tender Age, in a pleasing and diverting Manner, with early Ideas of the Holy Scriptures.
It reminds me of an early graphic novel. The Creation story is absolutely gorgeous. I can see 18th century children pouring over the illustrations for hours.
Look at the way they represent God and the Spirit at creation:
I’m hooked! I love new takes on scripture, no matter how old.
By the way, there are only 4 original copies of this book, but you can peek at photographs of the first chapter here. Be sure to click on the Kindle edition. The Print edition can’t compare.