If you know someone who has developed a renewed passion for religion as an adult, then you have several cool birthday gift ideas to get them. While you might not know too much about Christianity or Judaism, don't worry about it. This guide will give you some unique ideas to consider. You can find most of these gifts at a store that specializes in religious goods.
A Good Bible Chronology Wall Poster
This is great for studying the tricky genealogy and historical events that are found in the Bible. Even if you are not especially familiar with the Old Testament, you may have heard how many names and tribes there are. For someone who is a new student of the Bible, they would love the poster. They can use it as a quick visual reference to help them remember who begat whom, and which tribe belonged where. It's also a great way to get a quick overview of events. It's especially helpful when trying to envision the split between the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, and which King ruled where.
You can choose a chronology chart that includes the Dephites , Lamanites, and Jaredites if your friend has a new passion for the LDS faith. If they are more interested in Judaism, you can choose a chronology chart that devotes much area and detail to Exodus, the time of the Judges, and then, later, the Divided Kingdom. And if they are a Protestant or Catholic, you can choose a chart that devotes space to Christ, the Roman Army, and the foundation of the early church.
An Exegesis On The Old or New Testament
If they are pursing a scholarly path, and looking for heavy, critical examinations of the Bible, then you might want to get them a serious academic work that analyzes the work in either the Old Testament or the New Testament. Many of these works are great for fans of linguistic analysis who like to read about the ways in which the different languages (from Greek , Hebrew, and Aramaic, to Latin, and finally English) shaped the current text.
A DVD Showcasing Locations From The Bible
Lots of people don't have the money or time to travel to the Middle East, even though they would love to. One fun way to solve this problem (at least partially) is to get your friend a DVD that has a guided tour of some of the historic spots that come up in the bible. They will get to see the Jordan River, Gilead, Edom, and the Via Dolorosa.
For more information and ideas, check out places like BibleCite.