Hieroglyphic Bibles for Children

Millions of Bibles are published each year for children—in all sizes, shapes, and colors—in a variety of translations. But perhaps none are more interesting than the hieroglyphic Bibles of the eighteenth century, popular both in America and in Great Britain.

These Bibles used interspersed images representing words and ideas to make memorization and engagement with the Bible more appealing to children. Full-text versions printed at the bottom of the page assured that the images were understandable. Often they included information on important figures in the Bible.

Displayed on the History of the Bible Floor at Museum of the Bible, these hieroglyphic Bibles are examples of yet another innovative way people have engaged with the Bible over the centuries.

Share

More Book Minute Features

July 06, 2020

Mary Jones's Bible

For Welsh children of years past, the story of Mary Jones and her Bible is legendary. In 1563, Parliament passed a law allowing for the translation of...
June 29, 2020

Mendelssohn’s Fifth— Symphony for the Reformation

The Augsburg Confession of 1530 defined the theological beliefs of Martin Luther, becoming one of the most important documents of the Protestant Refor...
June 22, 2020

Quoting the Bible -

“Cleanliness is next to godliness! A verse often quoted from the Bible—but one that isn’t IN the Bible! It's sound advice, but we often use wise...