Manifold Greatness: The King James Bible Exhibit & Personal Collection of Bibles

Several months ago I saw a “Bible” on display in an antique shop with the publication date of 1855. Following the instruction on the sign, I slipped on the Sworkski gloves and took a peek inside, noticing the price tag to the left side of the book.

Holy Bible 1855-1
Inside this Holy Bible containing both Old and New Testaments, I found on the title page that it was translated out of the original tongues with the former translations diligently compared and revised.

Holy Bible 1855-3

(Below) is a photograph of a Holy Bible that I found in a box of books in a yard sale a long time ago, so I brought it home for safe keeping. It’s small size, measuring 3 x 5 inches, comfortably fits in the psalm of my hand.

1- Old Holman Bible 1910

It was printed in 1910 by A. J. Holman Company and has the Old and New Testaments translated out of the original tongue and with the former translations diligently compared and revised.

1-Manifest Manifold Exhibit Panels

This past week I was fortunate to have seen the exhibit of the Manifold Greatness celebrating  “The King James Bible” at The Nancy Guinn Memorial Library in Conyers, Georgia. The panels will be on display there until July 12th.  They follow “The Long Road to the King James Bible.” This location is the final stop on this tour (2011-2013).  You can read more about it on:

Pamphlets Myth Shakespeare wrote the bible

 Featured on one of the panels in the “Manifold Greatness exhibit” is the above photographic image of a pamphlet, printed in London in the twentieth century, that spread the “myth” of Shakespeare as Bible translator.

1-Michael Morgan, author Psalter for Christian Worship

And, downstairs in the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library I felt honored to have been present on June 7th when Michael Morgan, featured “his personal collection of Bibles” and gave a presentation about all of them called “The Origins of the King James Bible.”  With his permission, below I am showing you only a few “of the many” that he had on display.

Michael enjoys sharing them with others and telling the story surrounding each one in his collection.  And believe me, each one of these bibles has its own unique story.  

6- 1660 -Field & Ogilby's bible145

King James Bible’s folded engraving by John Ogilby (above)

5-1568 bible

5A-1568 bible

The Second Authorized English Bible, The Bishops’ Bible 1568 (above), Authorized to be Read in Churches.

2-1611 Bible

2B-1611 (click on the photograph “above”  to read about the “He” and “She” Bibles)

The  Authorized Version or King James Bible published in 1611 (above)

 Michael Morgan’s collection and learning the history surrounding the long road for “The King James Bible” was an afternoon well spent.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, June 7, 2013


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9 responses to “Manifold Greatness: The King James Bible Exhibit & Personal Collection of Bibles

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  2. Never had much use for OT as part of my faith but wished I had Wish Wish I learned NT Greek and Latin to make my own translations into English. A great deal of difference is found with alternative translations which affect understanding a great deal. Thanks visit my blog.

  3. What a very interesting exhibition. So lovely that the 1910 Bible found a safe and loving home.

  4. This is fascinating. I’d love to spend time in there just comparing verses from one to the other. Wonder what I’d discover?

    • You’d discover first translations were different before they were revised: i.e. (thy staff they comfort me) might have read (by thy staff, and sheep hook, they comfort me).

  5. Very interesting, Mary. And how wonderful you were able to rescue that little 1910 Bible. What a find!

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