the sacred scriptures of Judaism and Christianity. The Christian Bible consists of the Old Testament and the New Testament (qq.v.), with the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox versions of the Old Testament being slightly larger because of their acceptance of certain books and parts of books considered apocryphal by Protestants. The Jewish Bible includes only the books known to Christians as the Old Testament. The arrangements of the Jewish and Christian canons differ considerably. The Protestant and Roman Catholic arrangements more nearly match one another.

Traditionally the Jews have divided their scriptures (i.e., the Old Testament) into three parts: the Torah (the “Law”), or Pentateuch; the Nevi'im (the “Prophets”); and the Ketuvim (the “Writings”), or Hagiographa. The Pentateuch, together with the book of Joshua (hence the name Hexateuch) can be seen as the account of how Israel became a nation and of how it possessed the Promised Land. The division designated as the “Prophets” continues the story of Israel in the Promised Land, describing the establishment and development of the monarchy and presenting the messages of the prophets to the people. The “Writings” include speculation on the place of evil and death in the scheme of things (Job and Ecclesiastes), the poetical works, and some additional historical books.

In the Apocrypha of the Old Testament, various types of literature are represented; the purpose of the Apocrypha seems to have been to fill in some of the gaps left by the indisputably canonical books and to carry the history of Israel to the 2nd century BC.

The New Testament is by far the shorter portion of the Christian Bible, but, through its associations with the spread of Christianity, it has wielded an influence far out of proportion to its modest size. Like the Old Testament, the New Testament is a collection of books, including a variety of early Christian literature. The four Gospels deal with the life, the person, and the teachings of Jesus, as he was remembered by the Christian community. The book of Acts carries the story of Christianity from the Resurrection of Jesus to the end of the career of Paul. The Letters, or Epistles, are correspondence by various leaders of the early Christian church, chief among them the Apostle Paul, applying the message of the church to the sundry needs and problems of early Christian congregations. The Book of Revelation (the Apocalypse) is the only canonical representative of a large genre of apocalyptic literature that appeared in the early Christian movement.

(Encyclopaedia Britannica)



Gustave Dore


born Jan. 6, 1832, Strasbourg, Fr.
died Jan. 23, 1883, Paris

French printmaker, one of the most prolific and successful book illustrators of the late 19th century, whose exuberant and bizarre fantasy created vast dreamlike scenes widely emulated by Romantic academicians.

In 1847 he went to Paris and from 1848 to 1851 produced weekly lithographic caricatures for the Journal pour Rire and several albums of lithographs (1847–54). His later fame rested on his wood-engraved book illustrations. Employing more than 40 woodcutters, he produced over 90 illustrated books. Among his finest were an edition of the Oeuvres de Rabelais (1854), Les Contes drolatiques of Balzac (1855), thelarge folio Bible (1866), and the Inferno of Dante (1861). He also painted many large compositions of a religious or historical character and had some success as a sculptor; his work in those media, however, lacks the spontaneous vivacity of his illustrations.


241 Bible Illustrations


by Gustave Dore




God creates light
The Creation of Light
God creates Eve
The Formation of Eve
Adam and Eve banished
Adam and Eve Driven out of Eden
Cain and Abel
Cain and Abel Offering Their Sacrifices
Cain kills Abel
The Death of Abel
The Great Flood
The World Destroyed by Water
The Great Flood
The Deluge
The Ark rests on dry land
The Dove Sent Forth from the Ark
Noah curses Canaan
Noah Cursing Canaan
The Tower of Babel
The Confusion of Tongues
Abraham journeys to Canaan
Abraham Journeying into the Land of Canaan
The angels promise a son to Abraham
Abraham and the Three Angels
Lot flees Sodom
The Flight of Lot
Hagar and Ishmael expelled
The Expulsion of Ishmael and His Mother
Hagar and Ishmael in the wilderness
Hagar and Ismael in the Wilderness
Abraham prepares to sacrifice Isaac
The Trial of Abraham's Faith
Abraham buries Sarah
The Burial of Sarah
Eliezer meets Rebekah
Eliezer and Rebekah
Isaac meets Rebekah
The Meeting of Isaac and Rebekah
Isaac blesses Jacob
Isaac Blessing Jacob
Jacob’s ladder
Jacob's Dream
Jacob serves Laban for Rachael’s hand
Jacob Keeping Laban's Flocks
Jacob prays for deliverance from Esau
The Prayer of Jacob
Jacob wrestles with the angel
Jacob Wrestling with the Angel
Jacob and Esau reunited
The Meeting of Jacob and Esau

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