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Amazing Bible Timeline Review

10/22/2009
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As a member of the Homeschool Crew I received The Amazing Bible World History Timeline to review. The timeline sells for $29.97 plus $6 shipping and handling (to the U.S.). It is 37" high by 45"wide (about three feet by four feet) and at first I was excited that I would have a timeline that would fit on my table. It seemed to have a lot of information on such a small space, and even though the writing is small, it was easy to read while leaning over the table. It definitely looked like a great way to view 6,000 years of history at a glance. It is color coded by people groups and the circular style allowed you to see what was going on in various parts of the world at a glance. We first used the timeline during an Introduction to Biblical History. We wrote key events on index cards and then tried to put them in order. We used the timeline to check our work. I only glanced at the timeline briefly at that point. Then, I started to look a little closer and I saw some things that disturbed me. The timeline makes some presumptuous claims. It mentions several prophecies from the Bible and where in history they were supposedly fulfilled ~ erroneous in my opinion. I also saw a lot of religious bias. The timeline claims not to be geared towards any specific religion, yet I found a large portion of the timeline to be based off of the teachings of a particular religious sect. If you have read any of my crew mates reviews, I am not talking about the LDS issue. Although, that is certainly something you should be aware of. The Amazing Bible Timeline appears to be marketed as the LDS Book of Mormon Timeline With Bible and World History - same timeline, two completely separate websites. I found this to be a bit deceptive. I had to look several times at the map to find the LDS references and while I did find several events, that is not what bothered me. What bothered me is that the Book of Mormon was used as a reference, but not cited as a reference. And, I didn't know if the version I held in my hands was the same timeline or not. The authors of the timeline sent out an email to clear up this "issue." They claim that there are two separate maps and that any LDS information that is on the Amazing Bible Timeline is there on accident - that after 9 years of publishing this version of the map, they have not corrected it. 9 years? Something didn't seem right. Furthermore, since posting an official response to this issue, they have changed that response. A fellow crew mate chronicles this information in more detail. I also encourage you to read other crew mates reviews to see what they think. Some really liked it. For me, it is a matter of principle and I cannot recommend this product.
As a member of the Homeschool Crew, I received this product for free in exchange for my review and no further compensation was recieved. I offer my honest opinion of the product.

1 comment:

Andi said...

May you be blessed for sharing in honesty and with a love of truth...I am please that you do this and often your reviews impact my decisions on purchasing school items....I thank you!

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