I recently finished reading The Child in the Bible, edited by Marcia Bunge. This fascinating text explores the ways in which children have been understood throughout the pages of the Christian scriptures. It reveals that the have been charished, misunderstood, forgotten, ignored, and exemplified as those to whom God’s kingdom belongs. It’s a good read and I wholeheartedly recommend it. In particular, I found Brent Strawn’s chapter, “‘Israel, My Child’: The Ethics of a Biblical Metaphor,” to be quite interesting. If you can only read one chapter, I’d pick Strawn’s. But this is not to say that the other chapters are not helpful. Each author presents important findings about the ways in which children are portrayed by biblical authors and players. Read this book–it will help you as you journey with children.