I admit as soon as I opened the box I loved what I saw. The Amazing Bible Timeline includes 6,000 years of world history in a circular format. This timeline is big, 37 x 45″ with more than 1000 entries and is color coded by people groups, Shem and his descendants are yellow, Ham, blue and Japheth, pink. The Catholic church and the Reformation also have their own color designations.
The Bible Timeline includes some other helpful features.
- In addition to including the date of a person’s birth and death, it gives you the number of years after Adam that they lived. So while Noah was born about 2950 B.C. I can tell by looking at the timeline that he was born 1056 years after Adam.
- For each Biblical figure and many Biblical events the timeline includes the Bible references making it easy to look up the Scripture account of that person or event.
- The timeline is organized geographically so that you are able at a glance to see what was happening in Egypt, China, Rome and Israel simultaneously.
The timline includes a bibliography and a disclaimer that many dates are a matter of discussion. Based on the sources they reference, the dates should be within generally accepted Christian beliefs. The timeline also comes with several free downloads.
- Two artistically different versions of the genealogy of Christ that would be suitable for printing and hanging on your wall.
- An interactive layered pdf map that displays the Holy Land at 6 different periods in history, 1850 B.C. – Abraham and the prophets, 1500-1200 B.C. – Moses, 1020 B.C. – united Israel, 605 B.C. – Babylonian Empire, 4 B.C. – Roman Empire and the Holy Land today. Each layer of the map can be viewed independently as well as viewing several layers at a time.
- A pdf version of the Amazing Bible Timeline.
You also get a free 3 day e-course: “Get the Most from your Bible Timeline Study” that points out different features and gives ideas for using the Timeline.
What we thought:
Caveat emptor – Let the buyer beware. (More details in a moment, just wanted to make sure you saw this in case you’re skimming. )
I really like the compact layout of this timeline. Even though it is BIG it is more compact than a linear timeline would be. The timeline fits on our 4 x 4′ school table and I purchased a vinyl table cloth to go on top which makes this very convenient to use. As a person who doesn’t like visual clutter this is a great option since it is confined and tidy. It is also more convenient than a folded timeline because it is constantly in view and available at a moment’s notice. We’ve even referred to the timeline during conversations with guests. If you are planning on mounting it on a wall I think that it would be difficult to see unless you mounted it very close to the floor. The print is small and the children will often sit on top of our table to be able to see.
Since it is always out and available we spend time looking at it, learning and calling out interesting contemporaries like, “Gideon was judging Israel during the Chow dynasty in China” and “Homer lived at the same time as Solomon”.
We’ve always used a timeline book and having the visual of all history at once is a good addition to our school. This product is a resource that you would use in conjunction with your regular Bible or history studies, it is not designed to be a curriculum by itself.
Now, back to the caveat emptor clause. The very afternoon that I sat down to write what I thought would be a simple straight forward review, I received an email from the producers of The Amazing Bible Timeline with the subject line “Wow! Let’s Clear This Up Right Now”. They stated that some reviewers were making assumptions about them and the timeline and they wanted to clear it up. They included a link to a response page. I carefully read their response page, read some of my crewmate’s reviews, talked to my husband and decided to look a bit more carefully at the timeline. The major question that is being discussed is, “Does The Amazing Bible Timeline have a Latter Day Saints (Mormon) slant?”
Here are some undisputed facts.
- There are two similar sites run by the makers of The Amazing Bible Timeline. The site that the TOS Crew was given and the LDS Book of Mormon Timeline with Bible and World History site . These sites are completely separate and unlinked and the TOS Crew may not have known about the existence of the second site if Sheri, one of our members, had not done some investigating.
- The references listed for the two versions of timelines offered are different. You may view the cited sources for the LDS version here. On my version the Book of Mormon is not cited as a source.
- Even though The Book of Mormon is not cited as a source, it is listed and referenced as a source in the body of my timeline.
- There are some LDS events listed as fact on my copy of the timeline.
I was going to reference and link to several pieces of information from their response page, but it has been changed and the info I was going to include is no longer there. They did state in their initial response and restated in their revised response that there is no need for them to disclose their specific religious affiliation other than the fact that Christ is their personal savior. That is certainly their prerogative and I respect their wishes.
In the original version of their response page they stated that the original films for the timeline had been accidentally destroyed by FedEx in 2000 and that they needed to use the films from the LDS version to help them recreate the standard version (this statement is also referenced in the Home Sweet Home School review). They said that any LDS references that were still present were left in error. They also asked us to notify them of any LDS references so that they could be removed.
So according to the makers of The Amazing Bible Timeline, the LDS references on the version of the timeline that they sent to me have been left on the timeline in error for the last 9 years.
I did not do enough research and am not familiar enough with the Book of Mormon to know for certain if there is a LDS slant to the whole timeline. There are several things that seem peculiar to me and different from what I’ve always heard and been taught. I think that Sheri , Danielle, Tammi and Lori all add good points and I encourage you to read those if you would like more information.
Our family is not part of the Church of the Latter Day Saints and because of differences in our beliefs and how those affect this timeline, The Amazing Bible Timeline is not something that we would be comfortable purchasing.
The Amazing Bible Timeline is available for $29.95 and you can buy two for $49.95. If you’d like to take a look for yourself, they offer a a 60 day guarantee, if you do not like the timeline or it doesn’t fit your needs you may simply mail it back and they will reimburse your full purchase price including shipping!
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Bible Charts and Maps, LLC sent me this product free of charge to enable me to write this review. All opinions are my own and I am not otherwise reimbursed for any reviews here on Raising Olives