Dreams of Biblical Proportions

By Lauren Fink, ARB Intern, 2011-2012


Bible in ARB

Though no longer a large part of our socio-political life, in years passed, dreams influenced both religion and government.  In fact, in their foundation, most major religions involve some sort of divine vision and/or dream experience revealed to man from a higher being.  Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all document dream and visionary experiences in their holy books.  For example, in the Old Testament of the Bible (in Chapter 41 of Genesis) the Pharaoh has a dream which Joseph, son of Jacob (dreamer of the ladder to heaven in Gen., ch. 28), is able to interpret.  Because of his interpretation, Joseph is made a secondary ruler of Egypt, is able to prepare Egypt for the seven years of famine to come, and is ultimately able to save his kin that all move to Egypt under the Pharaoh’s blessing.  If not for Joseph’s interpretation, the 12 tribes of Israel might not have existed – Joseph’s fathers and brothers most likely would have perished in Canaan.


Koran in ARB

With ARB’s vast array of Bibles and Korans, readers can explore such religious dreams in different languages and formats.  If Arabic, Hebrew, or German is not your specialty, start with ARB’s English Bibles.  Of special note are the famous Pennyroyal Caxton Press Bible with engravings by Barry Moser, the Book of Genesis illustrated by R. Crumb, and a 19th Century Bible with Gustave Doré’s illustrations.

Vision of the Four Beasts

Vision of the Four Chariots

The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments According to the Authorized Version. Illustrations by Gustave Doré.  London: Cassell and Co. Ltd., 1875.

ARB Ovsz:  BS185 1875 .L6  v.1 & 2

The Book of Genesis.   Illustrated by R. Crumb.  1st ed.  New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2009.

 ARB: BS1233 .A785 2009  

Book of Genesis CoverPharoah's Dream IllustratedPharoah's Dream page 2Back Cover of The Book of Genesis Illustrated

The Holy Bible: Containing All the Books of the Old and New Testaments.  North Hatfield, Mass.: Pennyroyal Caxton Press, 1999.

ARB: BS185 1999 .N47  v.1 & 2




The Angel of Apocolypse

The Great Dragon

The Great Dragon










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