Into the Sea, Out of the Tomb is the second book in the series of Biblical typology children's books from Emmaus Road Publishing. Both the author (Maura Roan McKeegan) and illustrator (Ted Schluenderfritz) remained the same. The first book in this series was entitled The End of the Fiery Sword. And for those who don't recall my last review, Biblical typology is a kind of symbolism where something in the Old Testament prefigures something in the New Testament. Into the Sea, Out of the Tomb focuses on the figures of Jonah and Jesus.
The book focuses mainly on the differences between Jonah and Jesus. Jonah and Jesus both had missions to save different cities, Nineveh and Jerusalem, respectively. Jonah ran from his mission and tried to avoid it, but Jesus willingly accepted his mission. Both were on a boat one day when a storm was raging. The people on Jonah's boat were in danger of dying, but the people on Jesus' boat were never in any danger. The main parallel, however, involves Jonah being "buried" at sea by having a whale swallow him and Jesus being buried in a tomb. Three days later, Jonah was out of the whale and preaching to Nineveh. Three days later Jesus was raised from the grave. Both spent 40 days leading people to repentance. However, Jonah still begrudged Nineveh their ability to repent, whereas Jesus was sad that more people did not repent.
Like the first book in this series, Into the Sea, Out of the Tomb is a friendly introduction to Biblical typology for children. The pictures are vibrant and just plain gorgeous. The lessons in the book are simple without being dumbed down for the audience. Parents, teachers, and catechists would benefit from these books, and I'd wager they could learn as much as their children when reading it to them. Pick up a copy for you and one for a friend too!
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