A page from a hieroglyphic Bible published in 1818 [Library shelfmark: L.C.3352(6)].
Hieroglyphic Bibles were popular in the late-18th and 19th centuries when literacy was closely linked to religious education. They were usually intended for young children to introduce them to biblical stories in an engaging way.
Key words were replaced by illustrations to make passages easier for children to read and the full texts were reproduced at the bottom of the page.
Sometimes the illustrations can be difficult to identify, and hieroglyphic Bibles were probably a better aid to understanding and memorisation than learning to read.