Produced in the early 1960s by Learn and Play — an Eretz Israel (then also called Palestine) publishing company of the 1950s to the mid-1960s — this unique, extremely rare Hebrew card game teaches children about the Biblical heroes of the Old Testament. The heroic figures that appear on the cards are based on the designs of Zeev Raban of the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem. The Biblical heroes illustrated in this card game include, but are not limited to, Ashmedai, Bat Sheva, David, Esther, Haman, Shaul, Shlomo, Yehnatan, and Yehudit.
This educational card game is based on eight sacred Jewish symbols, each of which is printed on a unique triad of cards. Each player’s goal is to collect as many complete sets of three cards as possible throughout the game. The full rules of the Bezalel Children's Bible Game are detailed in the instruction pamphlet written in both Hebrew and English.
This vintage card game is in excellent condition. The box that holds the deck of card is vividly illustrated by Zeev Raban. The only flaw to the box is a missing flap at the top opening. The cards seem as if they have never been used as they are free of creases, tears and frayed edges; however, they are a bit yellowed and spotted with age. The rules pamphlet is also in a good state. The inside top flap of the box still carries the tax stamp label of the period.
This 1960s Bezalel Children's Bible Game would make for a great gift for teacher or student of the Jewish religion and Hebrew language. It also provides hours of family entertainment. For those who are collectors of vintage international games or of Judaica, this delightful children’s card game is an ideal find.