Tiny church finds original King James Bible

first_img Share Share Share 107 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img FaithLifestyle Tiny church finds original King James Bible by: – March 28, 2011 Sharing is caring! By Richard Allen Greene, CNNHilmarton, England (CNN) – A little English village church has just made a remarkable discovery.The ornate old Bible that had been sitting in plain view on a table near the last row of pews for longer than anyone could remember is an original King James Bible – one of perhaps 200 surviving 400-year-old original editions of arguably the most important book ever printed in English.In fact, the Bible at St. Laurence Church in Hilmarton, England, was sitting right under a hand-lettered sign saying it was an original.The sign said it had been found in “the parish chest” in 1857, that the cover had been added, and that it was the second of the two impressions published in 1611 – the year of first publication.But no one knew whether to believe it, parish council member Geoff Procter said. As the anniversary of publication in 1611 approached, they decided it was worth investigating.“We had no way of knowing whether it really was a 1611 Bible so we had to get it verified somehow,” he said.He and two other church members took it to a specialist, the Rev. David Smith at the Museum of the Book in London.Smith knew immediately what he was looking at, Procter said.“We put it on his table and he opened it and immediately he said, ‘Yes, this is a 1611 Bible,’” Procter remembered.Smith identified it thanks to a printing error – a place in the Gospel of Matthew that should say Jesus entered the Garden of Gethsemane and spoke to his disciples instead says that Judas, who betrayed Jesus to the Romans, entered the garden.That the St. Laurence Bible had that error, but not another one in the Book of Ruth, enabled Smith to pinpoint exactly when the book had been printed, Procter explained.“We realized that this is quite an important find,” he said, and last month the church quietly announced the discovery in the diocese newsletter.They hesitated before going public, Procter said.“It was one of those discoveries that we wondered if we should tell everybody or tell nobody,” he said. “And we thought that as it was the 400th anniversary, we should talk about it.”St. Laurence Church is far from the only one talking about the King James Bible this year – the Globe Theatre in London is planning a reading of the whole thing in the days before Easter, and a literary festival has already done one. Cambridge University has an exhibition, and the King James Bible Trust lists dozens of special events planned this year to mark the anniversary.The reason is simple, said Moira Goff of the British Library.The King James Bible is “so embedded in us that we can’t overstate the significance of it,” she said.It’s the source of dozens of phrases and concepts that have become part of the English language – “an eye for an eye,” “born again,” “eat, drink and be merry,” “God forbid.”Experts point out that the King James is based on at least two earlier major English translations, so its creators were editors as much as originators of these phrases, but it is the King James Bible that the great English writers knew, Goff said.“It’s passed entirely into the English language, into the thinking of English speakers around the world,” she said.Its influence has been greater than that of Shakespeare, she argued.“I think it’s permeated the language in ways that we can’t count as we can count Shakespeare, influencing people’s religious thinking, influencing people’s social thinking in a way that Shakespeare probably does now – but that’s a more recent development,” she said.“It’s the Bible that was read to people in church every week,” she explained. “The great literary figures from the early 17th century onwards, this was their daily reading. It passed into their works,” she said, citing John Milton and John Bunyan among others.But the King James Bible shouldn’t be reduced to merely its influence on writers, she said.“I think we have to be very careful in looking at the Bible only as a work of literature. It is also Holy Scripture and I think that makes it a different sort of book than the great works of literature,” she said. “It will be read by people who will possibly never read Shakespeare or Milton.”The St. Laurence discovery is very unusual, she said. Perhaps 200 copies of the 1611 printings of King James Bibles are known to exist, she estimated. No one knows how many were printed, she added, but she guessed that the number was probably around 1,000.Most of the surviving copies are in institutions, such as major libraries at universities, colleges and cathedrals in the United Kingdom and United States, she said.“Some of them may be in private collections,” she added, saying there is no way to know how many such copies there might be.The St. Laurence discovery is technically a fragment, not a Bible, since it is missing a few pages (including most of the first pages of Genesis, up to chapter 4, verse 17) and has been trimmed at the top to fit the wooden cover added in Victorian times.But it fits a pattern, she said. As King James Bibles got old and needed to be replaced, many were tucked away as church treasures, as seems to have happened with the St. Laurence Bible.The people of St. Laurence Church are now trying to raise money to build a special case so they can keep their Bible in use and on regular display.That would make the church more or less unique so far as Goff knows, although she speculated that there just might be a few village churches still using their 400-year-old Bibles.“It’s possible there are one or two churches that have gone on doing it and they just haven’t thought to say,” she said.“People are now beginning to realize the value of this particular edition. This is the 400th anniversary and there is a lot more emphasis on it,” she said.“They value it. They want to keep it and they want to use it.”Source: CNN Newslast_img read more

Levy asking government to pay Spurs staff after trousering £7m is not a good look

first_imgStill, the wages of affected non-playing staff are small fry in the grand scheme of Premier League finances. Levy’s paymaster, Bahamas-based Spurs owner Joe Lewis — said to have made a significant slice of his £4.35billion fortune by speculating on the 1992 Black Wednesday stock-market crash — could flog a daubing or two from his £1bn art collection to keep his club’s staff on full pay.A decent Picasso is worth around  half of £65m record-signing Tanguy Ndombele on the open market — and Jose Mourinho probably wouldn’t be quite so critical of old Pablo’s brushwork.There was certainly an element of self-interest in Levy’s words — including his attempt to crush all transfer speculation at a time when his talisman, England captain Harry Kane, is openly stating he wants to win trophies sooner rather than later.Levy said: “When I read or hear stories about player transfers this summer like nothing has happened, people need to wake up to the enormity of what’s happening around us.”Yeah, because most of us are carrying on with our lives obliviously, muttering ‘Crisis? What Crisis?’4The current health emergency is devastating and unprecedented.And yet there is cautious optimism among scientists, medics and  the Government that levels of normality may return in June — perhaps even in May.Thereby allowing the remainder of the Premier League season to be played out, behind closed doors, with clubs pocketing their vast TV revenues.All such prediction and speculation is precisely that during such uncertain times.But a summer resumption would suggest there was a touch of hyperbole in Levy’s claim that: “We may be the eighth largest club in the world by revenue according to the Deloitte survey but all that historical data is totally irrelevant as this virus has no boundaries.”You can imagine him using such a line in negotiations with players’ agents and rival clubs as soon as normal life resumes.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’We have all learned much from this crisis.But in the world of football we have learned that much of what we already suspected is undoubtedly true.Match-going punters will always be the lowest priority, Jack Grealish will always party when he shouldn’t, while Ashley and Levy will always look to save money.Gary Lineker admits Harry Kane is right to think about his future at Tottenham 4FOR the eighth richest football club on Earth to go cap in hand to the Government for help in paying its staff might be seen as a major PR blunder.But for Tottenham’s chairman Daniel Levy to make such an announcement on the very day his own £7million annual earnings were published makes for a quite staggering misreading of the national mood.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates4 Daniel Levy has made a serious misjudgement of the public mood with his latest announcementCredit: Rex FeaturesThe arch ball-buster of White Hart Lane never went into football to win popularity contests and now, more than ever, that is just as well.On top of his £4m salary, Spurs’ newly-published accounts revealed Levy trousered a £3m bonus in the last financial year for the completion of a stadium which opened eight months late.A year ago, you might remember, Premier League clubs were squabbling over whether Spurs should be allowed to move into their new home in mid-season as it might compromise the integrity of the competition.Oh for such trivialities to worry about now, as the coronavirus  grips.Spurs were not the first Premier League club to apply for Government cash to pay non-football staff during the sport’s lockdown.With magnificent predictability, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley made the same move 24 hours earlier.Ashley has put all of Newcastle’s non-football staff on furlough and applied for the Government to pay 80 per cent of their wages, up to £2,500 a month.Yet Levy, the league’s highest-paid executive, was hot on the heels of the nation’s least-favourite sportswear salesman.4He handed a 20 per cent pay cut to all 550 of his club’s non-playing staff, using the state’s furlough scheme to pay them ‘where appropriate’.Levy will take a 20 per cent  cut himself. Although that £3m bonus might just keep the wolf from the Spurs chairman’s door.It was a typically forthright and combative statement released by Levy yesterday. And he was absolutely right to call out players and managers, who are yet to agree to an across-the-board pay cut.Levy said: “We hope the discussions between the Premier League, PFA (players’ union) and LMA (managers’ union) will result in players and coaches doing their bit for the football ecosystem.”Talks are ongoing about that issue  — and it will be discussed  at Friday’s Premier League conference call.Though PFA chairman Gordon Taylor is known to be concerned that some clubs might use the health crisis as a convenient excuse to lower wage bills in the long term.But players must, and surely will, do their bit.Levy’s supporters claim yesterday’s statement was a masterstroke, shaming players and managers into accepting the inevitable and taking pay cuts or wage deferrals for the greater good of a game thrown into chaos by the lockdown.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.last_img read more