A PICTURE BOOK OF PALESTINE by Ethel L. Smither

A PICTURE BOOK OF PALESTINE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This book has so much to recommend it that we wish it didn't have its faults. The title gives no indication that the book deals with Palestine of Bible days -- nor does the text place it for period. The value will lie so largely in its use as supplementary reading in connection with Sunday School or Bible class that this identification is important. There's a great deal of valuable information on what life in Palestine was like,- on houses, clothing, food, the markets, occupations, geography and so on; there's enough of the people to give an idea of what they were; there's- unfortunately- no suggestion that any other people than the Jews lived in Palestine, though even the Bible refers constantly to others. The sections dealing with the festivals and religious observances should be particularly important in making for better understanding, but some of the vital concepts are ignored- among religious observation, for example, no mention is made of the high holidays, but only of the minor festivals. Ruth King's line drawings give a lively decorative feel to the book. For reference use, primarily.

Pub Date: April 20th, 1947
Publisher: Abingdon-Cokesbury