Hieroglyphic Bibles

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.

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