Thursday, August 11, 2016

Covering Bible History When Using Story of the World

In spite of the many arguments for or against secular versus non-secular homeschooling, the fact remains that the Bible is still used in Classical Homeschooling and Archaeology for teaching history. This is why Chapter 6 in Story of the World covers so much from the Bible or Jewish texts as they talk about "The Jewish People".

I'm here to offer supplemental ideas as you move through Story of the World.  I didn't desire to do Sunday School level of crafts for my son (there are other places for that kind of activity), but I do wish to offer him additional ways to learn about this chapter, and what I'm showcasing today is definitely worthy of note in this area.

Back in the late 1940's, a brilliant duo joined up for an impressive undertaking.  Andre Le Blanc, a Haitian comic book artist who moved to the United States and also worked for Hanna Barbara, and Iva Hoth, a writer for David C. Cook Publishing teamed up to create the "Sunday PIX":  weekly take-home Sunday School papers.  In the early 70's, David C. Cook Publishing consolidated these little gems into a set of six comic books.

Finally in 1978, the publishing company consolidated the images and script again, into a single, colorized version, "The Picture Bible", which can still be purchased from the company today.  I actually own both.  If you can find either of these, GREAT!  But, my plug is for the little black and white versions seen above. 

The level of historical detail and extra historical notes about the time period (included in the black and white versions, but not in "The Picture Bible"), is invaluable.  Check out this additional set of pages found comic version titled "Creation", all about the caravans on the Trade Routes that we are reading about between the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers, and Egypt.

I scanned the pages and can now reprint them to use as coloring pages or just as an additional factoid about the era we are reading about.  Another example of the historical accuracy is clear in this image, which shows Sarah, Abraham's wife being presented in the Egyptian court.

Notice that some of the hieroglyphs are exactly the same as those we have in our hieroglyph translation sheet.  And note the detail of the pillars and the costumes that the Egyptians are wearing.  The work of the artist here and the careful depiction of history is incredible.

The work of the colorist in "The Picture Bible" version is not historically accurate, unfortunately.  Note that while the crown of Pharaoh seen here in the story of Joseph, is the perfectly portrayed United Crown of Ancient Egypt (thanks to Andre Le Blanc's work), it is not portrayed in accurate red and white colors, but rather as if it was gold.  Also, the Egyptians all seem to be portrayed as white dudes.  Huh.  Again, not historically accurate.

But, having things not be quite perfect, presents the opportunity to discuss these errors with your child as you go, if you wish.  But I would recommend, "Get the black and white versions if you can!"  They are sometimes still available to find on Ebay or through used online bookstores and hey, if the demand goes up, maybe David C. Cook will be willing to hire a new colorist to right some of the coloring errors.  Who knows what could happen here?

I love my little black and white comic books and they cover the sections that Story of the World discusses (plus a lot more!) about the Jewish People.

Even though my son isn't yet able to read all of the words in the book (some are much too advanced), he has this opportunity to immerse himself in the world and time period that we are reading about, and just like having those Egyptian paper dolls around to play with, this is an invaluable part of his learning.

Be sure to check out our other ideas for Ancient History activities in these posts:

If you enjoyed this activity, check out our other blogs about Archaeology and Ancient Egypt here:

#1: Staging an Archeological Dig

#2:  An Inside Archeological Dig 

 #3  Foraging with Story of the World

#4  Operating an Egyptian Shaduf  

#5  Egypt's Ancient Gods Activity

#6  Eat Like an Egyptian

#7  Let's Do Hieroglyphs

#8  A Papyrus Activity

#9  The Clothing of Egypt 

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