Religious Gift Ideas: A Sampler

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Stores selling religious items are diversifying beyond books,

and while some gifts have a high-tech spin, such as software

bringing the Bible into the Computer Age, other gifts are as

simple as a painting.

Here's a sampling of what Christian bookstores and Jewish gift

shops in Jacksonville offer:

UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE

Though the Bible is ancient, Logos Bible Software 2.0, Level 4

with CD-ROM, offers a hightech way of interpreting it.

The software includes seven complete versions of the Bible,

eight original Hebrew, Greek or Latin language texts, several

lexicons, three different Bible dictionaries, four renowned

commentaries, a topical Bible, a hymnbook that plays hymns, a

pronunciation guide that speaks any word in the Bible, a map

set, Pilgrim's Progress and other devotional texts. Price:

$599.95.

It comes in other levels with less features for lower prices.

Level 2, for example, sells for $179.97.

For those seeking a low-tech way to understand the Bible, there

is Matthew Henry's Commentary, a six-volume set of books that

contain interpretive commentaries covering every verse in the

Bible. $59.97.

JEWISH GIFTS

A toy, musical dreidel, a tradition Jewish Hanukkah toy dating

back more than 2,000 years, but this one, when spun, lights up

and activates a computer chip that plays The Dreidel Song. It

costs $3.95.

A low-tech gift for Hanukkah would be a brass menorah in the

shape of the Tree of Life. With blue velvet case, it sells for

$125.

OTHER OPTIONS

Computer software offer a fun way to learn about the Bible:

Family Bible Challenge, a CD-ROM of Bible games, including

trivia, quiz and memory match, all of which can be adjusted to

age and experience levels and can focus on six different

categories ranging from Old Testament to Objects and Events. …