Apologia Educational Ministries has been known for their excellent science courses. Over the years more and more products have been added to their product line to help families have a variety of products to enhance their schools. Their materials all represent a biblical worldview. Now in addition to their great science products they have added other books to encourage and inform all members of the family.
The Product – iWitness
Our family reviewed the three new books in the iWitness book series. We reviewed Old Testament iWitness, New Testament iWitness, and iWitness Biblical Archaeology all written and designed by Doug Powell. Currently there are two other books in the series.
All three books feature the look of a research notebook. The font looks like handwriting. Each page layout looks like a collection of notes, sketches, artwork, and photos. Each book features several topics most typically covered in 1-2 pages with a few covering up to 4 pages. The design of each cover also reflects the theme of the book. Each book also includes bibliography and information on the images used in the book.
The Old Testament iWitness book covers topics such as manuscripts, copying, and the canon to name just a few. Readers will learn how the Old Testament of our Bible is the same and how it differs from the Jewish Bible. We also learn the journey the Old Testament took from the original Hebrew Bible to the English language Bible we have today. The different sections of the Old Testament including the Prophets and minor prophets, even the Apocrypha is discussed.
New Testament iWitness covers the canonization of the New Testament and information on the different councils that meet to discuss what should be included in the New Testament. You also have the chance to learn about some interesting and important early theologians. Like the Old Testament we learn about the evolution of the New Testament from manuscripts and copies to the New Testament we have today.
iWitness Biblical Archaeology gives a great look at different biblical topics and well as the regions where the actions of the Bible took place. The books opens with a discussion of the Flood including legends from other cultures. Of course Egypt and its sights are covered because of the role it played in more than one biblical event. Finds from Jerusalem are covered as well as Old and New Testament history. Of course we learn more about the Dead Sea Scrolls and other old Bible copies. The book also covers Jesus’ world and other New Testament locations. The book concludes with a discussion on the possibility of a burial shroud for Jesus.
Using iWitness Books
At our house I assigned the books at 4 pages per day for each child. Both Joshua and Hannah read through the books. At the time of this review Hannah has read New Testament and Biblical Archaeology. Joshua read through Biblical Archaeology and the Old Testament book. The plan is for them to each read the third book that they haven’t read yet. Both of them read the books on their own. I also glanced through all three books myself.
I found the books wonderful to look through. They are very appealing to look at and really draw your entrance starting with the cover and carrying through the whole book. The small little “notes” made reading through the book easy. The graphics including enhance both the interest and understanding of the material included. While these books would be great to use during a family devotional time I loved how I was able to just hand them to my children to read on their own.
Both of my children enjoyed the books they read. Both comment on the fact that they liked the layout of the books and found the little bites of information easy to read and yet full of information.
The iWitness books can be used with a variety of ages depending on the level of the students using the books. The reading level itself would be for students ages 11 and up. The books are purchased separately. Each one is $14. The books are paperbacks with thick and sturdy covers and high gloss quality paper.
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