Taschen offers a facsimile of The Esther Scroll of 1746 (Dec.). The scroll is exceptional for its rich illustrations, done by 18th-century Jewish scribe Wolf Leib Katz Poppers, as well as for the German version of the story of Esther it also contains. Taschen’s edition comes in a handcrafted walnut veneer display case and includes a gilt-edged commentary volume by Falk Wiesemann, a specialist in the history of Jewish books.

Lion assembles 12 Bible stories that had been published separately into My Story Time Bible by Sophie Piper, illus. by Estelle Corke (Feb.). Brightly colored illustrations, many featuring animals or children, are intended to engage children 3-5 in six stories drawn from the Old Testament and six stories drawn from the New Testament.

Charisma House will produce a new Bible translation that will update the King James Version. The new Modern English Version (MEV) will be a word-for-word translation. Editors will be drawn from institutions such as the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Harvard University, Oral Roberts University, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Yale University. “To Bible readers who value biblical truth, the MEV literally translates God's Word in a way that preserves the message but remains readable for today's world," said Tessie DeVore, executive v-p of Charisma House in a statement. The MEV will be available in 2014.