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Seven Lambs: Stories of Peace from the Old Testament

by Eric Burnett Timar

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If some kind of trouble exists between another person and me, what can I do in an attempt to make peace? In the Old Testament, the Bible gives several examples of peacemaking, and author Eric Burnett Timar retells five of these stories to encourage children to seek peace. The great patriarch Abraham made peace with the Philistine king Abimelech by giving him a present of seven lambs. Joseph made peace with his brothers, who had sold him into Egyptian slavery, by forgiving them. Though the Moabitess Ruth was a foreigner in Israel, a man named Boaz made peace with her by showing kindness and taking care of her. When Jonah fled from God in a ship and the Lord sent a storm to punish him, he told them to throw him overboard, but they worked to make peace by rowing hard to try to get away from the storm and save Jonah. The final story is the prophet Micah’s vision of future peace. When a problem arises between you and someone else, what will you do to make peace?
These stories are told in an obviously simplified manner to make them understandable to small children, but they are fully consistent with the Scripture. Also, on the final page there are some notes which give the locations of the accounts in the Old Testament for those who might want to look at their contexts and find further information about them. Timar is identified as both the author and illustrator, but many of the illustrations are old Bible-themed engravings and paintings, including some from Gustave Dore. A few years ago, our good friend, Dan Malan, who is an art-critic and considered somewhat of an expert on Dore, gave me a copy of a book which he edited containing a number of engravings by Dore. Also on the final page, Timar lists all the artists in the credits. Seven Lambs is a timely and useful book. Any attempt to help youngsters apply the Biblical principles of peacemaking to their thinking gets two thumbs up from me. ( )
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