In a sea (heh) of Bibles, the Under The Sea Holy Bible is a nice addition to the kid’s section of Bibles. It’s in an easy to read format designed to help children connect with Biblical concepts.
Under The Sea Holy Bible
Bright colors and sparkly glitter adorn the cover of this Bible, meant for children. This is not an ordinary children’s Bible, in that it is the full text from Genesis to Revelation. Many children’s Bibles are abbreviated stories highlighting the “heroes” of the Old Testament or focusing solely on Christ’s miracles in the New Testament.
This Bible is also written in the New International Reader’s Version. A foreword discussing this NIrV version mentions that it is an extension of traditional NIV. Its purpose is to make reading (and understanding) the Bible easier for children, adults learning to read, first time Bible readers, readers whose first language is not English, and those who have trouble understanding what they read.
A cursory glance of verses with which I’m familiar shows the meaning of the verse is virtually unchanged by adapting it from KJV. The foreword also mentions that the translators worked to reference the Greek New Testament and Hebrew Old Testament as they worked to create the NIrV in an effort to maintain the integrity of this translation.
The remainder of the Bible is just that: NIrV of the full Bible text. There is also a dictionary and an index of “Great Bible Stories.” These two sections could be greatly improved. The dictionary is only 5 pages long, and the Great Bible Stories section is a list of 92 common Bible stories. Both of these could be very much extended for referencing. This would allow the Bible to work for children as they age.
This Bible also has a few inserts related to important concepts: prayer, the 10 Commandments, love, and important children in the Bible to name a few. Here’s where I would also like to see an expansion. There are only 3 of these inserts in the whole Bible. The last one is the ABC’s of becoming a Christian. The Bible would appeal much more to children if there were more of these relevant passages included throughout the Under The Sea Holy Bible.
All in all, this is a very nice starter Bible for children. It has the basics needed for a 3rd or 4th grader. As a child gets older and begins to explore more, it is a Bible that would need to be replaced with one that has more expansive passages and explanations about concepts throughout.
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Robin Gwaro is the Young Adult and Women’s Literature Editor at Bookgateway.com. She currently spends her days wrangling her 3rd grade science nerd and toddler aged busy body. You can visit her world of randomness at justwanderingnotlost.net, where there is no spoon.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.