Why do we need to know where the Bible came from? Many people ask it, and often the question goes unanswered. While there are a variety of appropriate responses, two stand out as most important: 1) We need to know the origins of the Bible to prove its claims are legitimate, and 2) we ought to have a response prepared for those who deny the authority of Scripture.
The Kregel Pictorial Guide to the Story of the Bible provides information to educate Christian young people on both counts, and does so with style and grace. This slim volume contains both factual narrative and beautiful color illustrations, maps, timelines, etc., relying however on truth rather than entertainment to instruct.
Topics include biblical authorship, translation, Gutenberg's printing press, the debate over canonicity, and the Reformation effort to bring the Bible to the common people in their own languages. Author Tim Dowley has a Ph.D. in Church history, though he keeps this text approachable and accessible to a wide range of ages. This makes a great intro/companion volume to The Kregel Pictorial Guide to Church History.