On an upcoming podcast, while considering how we read Bible Stories to our children, I mention a few Orthodox Bible story collections. I thought I’d post these resources here for your reference in case you’re in the market for a new Bible Story book:
For elementary-aged children, I love A Sacred History For Children, by a Russian Orthodox priest, Fr. P. Vozdvizhensky, and translated from the Russian by Tatiana Marr and adapted by Nancy Mirolovich. It narrates the most well-known Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments in a child-friendly voice, interweaving Orthodox theology and interpretation as it goes. Whether you’re teaching the Jesse Tree stories for Nativity Lent (or perhaps, considering starting to do so in a less formal way) or looking to read to your Sunday School class or to your own children at bedtime, this is a very worthwhile collection from St. John of Krondstat Press.
For slightly older children, another fully Orthodox option is The Bible for Young People from Narthex Press. Christos Gousides’ gorgeous icon-inspired artwork tends to steal the show but Zoe Kanavas’ beautiful text is loaded with wonderful theological insight.
It’s not really a problem to use the various non-Orthodox versions of children’s stories available to us, so long as we are careful to discern any strange ideas that may need to be corrected, but what a blessing it is to read a beautifully written version which offers an Orthodox understanding of the text already woven into the narration!
Do you have any recommendations for beautiful Orthodox Bible Stories that Sunday School teachers and parents might want to add to their collections?