Saturday, May 30, 2015

Bible News and Auction Action

Two Reverends found an old Bible in their church in Lancashire (which I think is somewhere in England). They discovered it was a 1611 “Great She Bible” - a KJV with a typo. One of them said:
“This English language version of the Bible was created to encourage ordinary people to discover the Good News of Jesus Christ for themselves and it is likely that it was the book that first took God’s word into many people’s homes in this part of Lancashire.
Now we hope to encourage the people of Lancashire and elsewhere to visit our church and discover this Bible for themselves.”
Sotheby’s (New York) is selling eight leaves of a Gutenberg Bible (the complete book of Esther), printed in 1455 (19 June, with an estimate of $500,000-700,000). This comes from the Jewish Theological Seminary (which is also said to be selling other Christian printed books from the fifteenth century).
“Because scholars rarely turn to JTS for these non-Hebrew materials, they have lain dormant on library shelves for the 90 years they have been in our collection,” said David Kraemer, JTS’s librarian and a professor of Talmud and rabbinics, in an email. Kraemer wrote that the items “have a significant and intrinsic value but do not contribute to the Library’s core mission.”
A ninth-century manuscript of the Gospels in Latin (The Gospels of Queen Theutberga of Lorraine) is up for sale at Christie’s in London on 15 July (from a private collection). Looks pretty nice, but the estimate of £1.5 million is a tad over my budget.


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