Month: July 2018

Dale Loberger His 1733 New Testament

This is a photo of Dale Loberger reading from his pocket size 1733 New Testament that I made for him.   Let me know when you would like for me to make you a full size or pocket size replica like Dale’s.  In the meantime, check this book out on my web page at the following link:  Click Here

We Have No King but Jesus!

I’ve been working on this sign, We Have No King but Jesus this afternoon. As you can see, it is finished. I have used period Caslon fonts. I scanned the boarders from a couple of original 18th century books that I own.  Someone ask me for a sign like this the other day that was at a high enough resolution for them to print them out on a 8 1/2 X 11″ sheet of laid paper. This files (1.82 meg) will print on that size or on a larger broadside size. As usual, I have forgotten who ask, but I have uploaded a high resolution version to our 18th Century Parsons’ “FILES” page so that you can download and print it for free.   You can download it for free and print it for free from the following link:    Click Here  Please share it on Face Book and on your other social media. Print it out and take to church, SAR & DAR meetings, and other events, etc. But please don’t remove my web address from the bottom of it.  
I posted this sign on Face Book and got the following comment:  Someone posted, “Looks great but there might be a problem with the font. I see regular letter s then some s’ look like an f.” Of course, I clicked the laughing emoji and then posted back, “sorry for laughing, but I really needed a laugh this morning. Jesus must have sent it. That is called a long s. It was used in all printed documents and many hand written document during the 18th century and before. The 1733 New Testament that I replicate and referenced in this piece is just like this sign. I  took the photo below of my replica of my original 1733 New Testament to show you what I’m talking about. See the photo below: Sorry about not getting the book flat and focused all the way. I was doing it one handed. Check out my web page and my blog. I have written about this in my blog before.  I did not used to know about this either. As usual, there are no bad questions. ~ James Moore” Maybe you didn’t know either.

Have you seen my replica of the original 1640 Bay Psalm Book? 

The Bay Psalm Book was the 1st book to be Made in America and my book is the first replica of that book.  Watch this short 3 minute video that was made by Sotheby’s to learn a little more about this book.  Let me know when you want me to make this Bay Psalm Book for you.

 

Have you Colored your Hieroglyphick Bible Yet? 

This is a page from the book, “A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible, or, Select passages in the Old and New Testaments, represented with emblematical figures, for the amusement of youth : designed chiefly to familiarize tender age, in a pleasing and diverting manner, with early ideas of the Holy Scriptures : to which are subjoined, a short account of the lives of the Evangelists, and other pieces, illustrated with cuts.”  In 18th century Protestant Great Britain and her colonies, an individual’s ability to read the Bible was considered a necessity for spiritual growth. Yet, children who were not yet able to read and comprehend the Bible needed a simplified version which would lead them to Christian faith. A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible offered children a fun way to learn Bible stories while also learning how to read. (At that time, the word “curious” meant carefully made, not strange or odd!) Each page offers a Bible verse set out with certain key words replaced with images. Some of the hieroglyphs are hard to decipher; thankfully the scripture verses are printed on the bottom of each page.  I make a replica of my original Hieroglyphick Bibles.  Visit my web page at the following link to see what went into creating my replica:  Click Here    Let me know when you want me to make one of these Bibles for you.

John Day is Dead!

This Day in History: July 23rd, 1583 John Day died. John Day was the “foremost English printer of the Elizabethan era. He had introduced Roman type to replace Gothic fonts. Because he had printed devotional books for the Reformation, and continued to print Protestant books after the accession of Mary Tudor, he was imprisoned and then exiled. When Protestants regained power under Elizabeth, he returned and printed John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments (Book of Martyrs).”  The image below is from my replica of my original 1732 Book of Martyrs that I make. Take a look at more of the images in my 1732 Book of Martyrs on my web page at the following link:  Click Here
 
 

Gilbert Tennent Died and the American Colonies Lost a Notable Evangelist of the 1st Great Awakening

This Day in History 254 years ago, July 23rd, 1764, Gilbert Tennent died and the American Colonies lost a notable evangelist of the Great Awakening.  Gilbert Tennent (b. 1703, d. 1764), an Irish-born Presbyterian minister, burst on the national scene in 1740, with his sermon entitled, On the Dangers of an Unconverted Ministry.  This sermon was printed in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin.  In that sermon, Tennent suggested that pastors who stood in opposition to the current revival may be unconverted. That sermon and pamphlet created quite a controversy throughout the Colonies.  The replica of the original 32 page pamphlet measures 4 1/2” x 6 1/2”. It follows all the printing conventions of the day: Caslon-style type, excessive capitalization of nouns, using italics to quote Bible verses, and using “catchwords”.  I make a replica of this sermon and sell copies of it for $9.95 each in my Etsy Store at the following link:     Click here to purchase from my Etsy Store

 About four years later, Tennent preached two more sermons that were made into pamphlets and distributed throughout the colonies. On December 23rd, 1744 he preached, The Necessity of keeping the Soul. It is a 24-page sermon pamphlet. The imprint measures 4-3/8” x 6-1/4”. This sermon is intended both to exhort Christians and warn non-Christians. It follows all the printing conventions of the day: Caslon-style type, excessive capitalization of nouns, using italics to quote Bible verses, and using “catchwords” (which is a preview the word or syllable at the bottom on a page that will be the first word/syllable on the following page). This pamphlet can be purchased from my Esty Store for $9.95 at the following link:  Click here to purchase from my Etsy Store
 
 A few days later, on December 30th, 1744 He preached the sermon The Danger of Spiritual Pride represented. I also make a replica of this sermon pamphlet. It is 32 page pamphlet that was first printed in Philadelphia by William Bradford at the Sign of the Bible on Second-Street. The imprint measures 4-3/8” x 6-1/4”. It too follows all the printing conventions of the day: Caslon-style type, excessive capitalization of nouns, using italics to quote Bible verses, and using “catchwords” (which is a preview the word or syllable at the bottom on a page that will be the first word/syllable on the following page). This pamphlet can be purchased from my Esty Store for $9.95 at the following link:  
 
 Read on to learn a little more about Gilbert Tennent. He “arrived in America from Ireland at the age of fourteen. His father, William, founded a ‘Log College’ to train ministers. Following his father into the ministry, Gilbert was ordained in 1726. He had little success at first. However, following a deep illness, he recovered and preached with a new zeal that brought many conversions.
 
His fiery faith also placed him at the center of a split in the Presbyterian Church. A friend of evangelist George Whitefield, Tennent hoped to see revival in America. He was convinced the nation’s religious stagnation was the fault of its clergy. In a scathing sermon preached at Nottingham, he had said, ‘The reason why congregations have been so dead is, because they have had dead men preaching to them; for I am verily persuaded the generality of preachers talk of an unknown and unfelt Christ.’
 
That ‘generality of preachers’ complained in return that his meetings were too emotional. Feelings ran high. The Presbyterian synod reproved Tennent. With several other preachers, he withdrew from the association. For almost two decades, the Presbyterians were divided into New Lights and Old Lights.
 
From 1743 onward, Tennent pastored a church in New Jersey but continued to travel and evangelize, too. Once he held revival services for three months in New England. Thomas Prince, founder of the first religious journal in North America, described the results: “By his arousing and spiritual preaching, deep and pungent convictions were wrought in the minds of many hundreds of persons in that town; and the same effect was produced in several scores, in the neighboring congregations.”
 
In later years, Tennent’s sermons became milder. He pastored with success at Philadelphia until he was very old. Around 1749, he published a sermon titled Irenicum Ecclesiasticarum (Peace in the Church) and later a pamphlet titled The Pacificator in which he pleaded for a restoration of unity. These helped heal the breach between the Old Lights and the New Lights that his words had done so much to precipitate.
 
In a sermon preached shortly after Gilbert Tennent’s death, Dr. Samuel Finley, President of Princeton College, said:
He had an habitual, unshaken assurance of his interest in redeeming love, for the space of more than forty years; but, eight days before his death, he got a more clear and affecting sense of it still. And though he lamented that he had done so little for God, and that his life had been comparatively unprofitable, yet he triumphed in the grace of Jesus Christ, who had pardoned all his sins, and said his assurance of salvation was built on the Scriptures, and was more sure than the sun and moon.”
 
Source: Christian History Institute

Doug Swartz His 1733 New Testament

Doug Swartz sent me this photo of himself holding his 1733 New Testament that I made for him.  Let me know if you would like to purchase a New Testament like Doug’s.  I have a couple in stock right now. Let me know, if you would like one. For more information, visit my web page at the following link:  Click Here

Nancy Sorchy Her 1733 New Testament

This is a photo that Terry and Nancy Sorchy shared with me. Nancy is holding their 1733 New Testament that I made for them. You can purchase a New Testament like theirs from me. I have a couple in stock right now. Let me know, if you would like one. For more information, visit my web page at the following link: Click Here