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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Review: The Amazing Bible Timeline

bibletimelinemedOriginally printed in 1931, the updated Amazing Bible Timeline has a comfortable “old” look to it that will make it seem right at home with your antique maps. And at 38” x 46”, it’s an impressive conversation piece, worthy of framing. The chart covers all of known history from the creation of Adam (placed here at 4000 B.C.) to 2000 A.D. The unique circular design attempts to show how the stories of the Bible and secular histories all overlap and fit together.

The timeline is laid out like a clock, with the creation of Adam at 12 o’clock, and as the minute hand sweeps down, it covers from 4000 B.C. to the life and ministry of Christ at 6 o’clock. The rest of the chart covers the years since Christ’s death.

While the chart is impressive, it’s a bit difficult to get a handle on, both physically and mentally. It’s large size makes it a definite wall chart, though if you had an extra large dining room table, you might be able to slip it under some heavy-duty clear vinyl. Our farm-style table is a bit too small. But, because of the circular configuration and small print, it’s difficult to read on a wall (without getting a crick in your neck, that is).

The inner circles, which cover areas like China, Japan, the Middle East, have very little room for any detail, compared to the outer circles. In fact, the dearth of information there draws attention to itself.

On the other hand, the outer Americas circle is, interestingly, packed with details especially giving support to the idea that the lost tribes found their way to the Americas and that Jesus visited here. Interesting. One of the sources referred to here is Talmage’s Articles of Faith (LDS). I did not notice any doctrine from other religions referenced. Of course, anything that seems inappropriate for your homeschool or contrary to the facts can be blacked out.

I can see the value of a timeline for giving us a better reference point for our place in history. We‘ve never had one up due to a lack of usable wall space (it seems our walls are always covered with bookshelves), so the compact layout of this one is appealing, but that layout makes it bit too awkward to use as a practical, everyday tool. It could be used effectively as a visual for a presentation or for occasional reference. I think I need to consider a fold-out timeline that we can get up close and personal with.

The Amazing Bible Timeline is available for $29.97.

Along with your chart, you will also receive internet downloads of bonus material, including interactive maps of the Holy Land, the timeline in pdf form and the Genealogy of Jesus Christ.

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received a free copy of the Amazing Bible Timeline and the accompanying downloads in exchange for writing a honest review. I received no other compensation. This review is my own opinion on this product and reflects the experience of me and my family. For other reviews of this product by other homeschoolers, please click the banner below:


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