A truly distinguished book in format and content, in a retelling of 17 stories from the Old Testament -- and a simplified and shortened version of the Gospel story. (References, chapter by chapter, to the King James version make this an introduction to Bible readings). The text is done in modern language, reverently, and with the rhythms of the Bible texts, and at intervals inclusions of actual passages. The illustrations, made by the author-artist on a visit to the Holy Land, are in bold black and white, almost wood out technique, and have captured the feel of an abiding people and the continuity of the land that gave them birth. Decorative and descriptive, they make an ideal accompaniment to the text.