Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Special Treasure

Awhile back my husband was preaching on how the Bible we use today came to be - the formation of the cannon in the first few centuries all the way to the English translations you and I hold today. A gentleman from our church approached him and said he had a very special Bible given to him as a wedding gift from his mother-in-law years before.

It was a Geneva Bible! This Bible was first produced in Switzerland in 1560 by Puritan refugees fleeing persecution from Queen Mary. It was the household Bible of English-speaking Protestants due to being smaller and more affordable. It even contained “study notes” for commentary on biblical text . It was also the first complete English Bible to use chapter breaks and numbered verses. It was the Bible Shakespeare used and the Bible brought to America by the pilgrims on the Mayflower. The copy this gentleman owned was printed in 1602 (see photo on right).

Dh brought it home one evening and we spent time carefully looking though this very special treasure. I was so incredibly nervous because I felt like this book should be in a museum somewhere under glass and not sitting on my counter top. I just kept thinking, "This book is older than our very nation! And just a 100 years (plus a few) after Columbus sailed the ocean blue ." It was such a privilege to spend time with this wonderful book. I am still amazed thinking back.

I thumbed through and found some of my favorite passages. Can you tell what they are? Leave a comment if you know!







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9 comments:

Paula said...

Wow what a privilege! I love the old style writing--the s that looks like f and all the old spellings.

ShannonC said...

Very cool! We just visited Plimoth Plantation and got into a discussion with "Elder Brewster"(I think) about his Bible and the differences between his and King James. He pointed out the study notes to us. I just found that very interesting that they had study notes! They were smart people.

Kelly said...

A fun challenge! I remembered the books the first and third were in, but had to look up the reference :). The first one, Micah 6:8...always reminds me of college...singing to that song. Then, John 3:16. And finally, Isaiah 40:28-31. What a great idea to take pictures of some of your favorite passages. Very special!

thebookbaglady said...

Wow. What an amazing treasure! I recognize John 3:16 and could make a bit of the others.
Love, Gretchen

Katherine said...

What a preveledge to be able to see and read from this. The type is so elegant!

Have a great week!

Angela said...

Totally Awesome that you were able to feel and touch. We recently saw the Gutenburg Bible and were so thrilled. John 3:15 is one of our favorite scriptures- I think I see it in one of the passages.

Amy said...

Wow!!!

Carrie Thompson said...

There is a Bible Museum on the campus of Houston Baptist University. It is very intersting also.

Hen Jen said...

wow, what a neat experience!