Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Book that changed the world


This year marks 400 years since the first KJV (King James Version) of the Bible was published and today we got to see one of those very first editions:





















The picture above doesn't do it any justice at all, it was probably one foot long and about 10 cm wide, that's my guesstimate:) It was massive!



We also got to see some other historical bibles including one of the very first English Bibles put out by William Tyndale, this one dates back to 1551:






















(William Tyndale became a martyr for his work in translating the Bible into English! We owe a lot to him!)


and would you believe one owned by Shakespeare:








































This is an exhibition being held by the Bible Society of Australia at the moment and it was well worth the hours drive for us! It was truly amazing to see these historical Bibles amongst others. They've named the exhibition: The Book that Changed the World. I can certainly attest to it having changed my life!

17 comments:

joyfulmum said...

p.s. blogger arghh!!! this didn't come out very well in it's format and I can't seem to edit it:( my apologies!

Sarah said...

Wow, how fantastic! xxx

Rebecca said...

Grrr to blogger. Yay for fun family outings and God's provision to everyone over so many centuries.

Clara said...

It's pretty amazing, isn't it? I haven't been to see the exhibition, but it's amazing how God has used His Word to change the world.

Beloved's Bride said...

OH! How lovely! Your so very blessed to have been able to see those Bibles. Very Fun Indeed! I would love to flip through that first one! Wouldn't you? It looks amazing.

Mrs Adept said...

I've got a 1611 facsmilie of one - so for fun I can always read old English if I want too. LOL :o)

Hard to imagine that the King Jimmy has only been around for 400 years.

Now we must ask ourselves WHAT did they use BEFORE that?

Amy said...

Wow--amazing! Is it still on, Rosemary?

joyfulmum said...

Beloved's Bride, yes it looked AMAZING (through the glass window lol).
Amy it's on tomorrow at Manly, check out this link:
http://www.kjv11.com.au/
did you get my email about it or was that one of the ones that got lost in cyberspace as well?:)

Jo said...

I saw this exhibition when it was at Parliament House in Canberra - isn't it amazing that these old Bibles have lasted so long in their excellent conditioned - well loved for sure.

Eve said...

Wow. wow. wow! Those are so cool!! How neat to see them so up-close.

Penney Douglas said...

It's amazing to think about how long those books have lasted. You would think they would be dust by now. They would be if they had been kept at my house!

joyfulmum said...

Clara, I tried to send you an email but your blog has been changed to private already, sorry been a bit busy the past few days, anyway, my email is ronrosemaryrebekah@gmail.com
Could you kindly add me?
hope you get this follow up comment as I didn't know how else to contact you except through Jo if this fails:)

Clara said...

Done! :)

tea said...

Wow, that is so neat that you got to see them! I didn't know that about William Tyndale! I'm so thankful that he translated God's Word for us!!

Val said...

Very cool! It's amazing to see old Bible translations, and realize that for many, many years, copies of the Bible were terribly rare.

Beloved's Bride said...

giggle. One can only dream! I imagine it has some bells and whisles ready to go off if that glass was broken into! ;)

Bek said...

wow what a fun outing thanks for sharing :)