While visiting an art museum the Burkeanson was able to tell all the stories of Greek and Roman Mythology and the Old Testament, but he knew very little of the stories from the life of Christ. He has read of Jesus and his impact in history books, but he knew very little of the parables and details of the Christian Testament. He was also surprised that I knew the stories. I explained to him that Jesus’ life and words inspire a large quantity of art and literature, and not studying Jesus’ life and teachings cuts you off from a lot of great art.
To fill the gap in Burkeanson’s education I found this excellent book by Mary Pope Osborne, whose Magic Tree House books have long been one of Burkeanson’s favorites. If you know a young person lacking in knowledge of the man whose birthday most of the country was just celebrating, this is a great place to start. You will find both the life of Jesus and the many artworks he inspired. http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Masterpieces-Viking-Kestrel-picture/dp/0670881988/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1293488848&sr=1-1
Incidentally while reading about the Last Supper, Burkeanson exclaimed that Jesus was “just like Dumbeldore.” I pointed out that no, Dumbledore was a lot like Jesus, and even more so was Dumbledore’s most famous student.