This is a photo of Silas Moore the rat catcher, holding his rat and his 1733 New Testament that I made for him. No I did not make his rat, God did. I think that I took this photo at Locust Grove in Louisville, Kentucky. To learn more about The Rat Catcher’s Bible visit my web page at the following link:
“The Vertuous Student . . . SATAN tempteth him from his Study to evil company” (also referencing Matthew 7:14: “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life”).
This Day in History: January 16th, 1776
“Congress passed the “Chaplaincy Act” authorizing one chaplain for every two regiments for the Army at Cambridge. The pay was set at thirty three and one third dollars.”
Question: Was the Apocrypha in the original King James Bible? If so, why is it not in there now?
Answer: For a really detailed answer go to pages 222-228 of Alister McGrath’s book, In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture. It’s a complicated story that went on for centuries. It involves theology, but was finally decided by money. The answer is that it was in the King James Bible from 1611 when it was first published until 1826 when the missionary societies removed it for financial reasons. It was cheaper to make and ship the KJ Bibles without the Apocrypha in it. The first English-language Bible that was printed in North America (1782-83) did not have the Apocrypha. The Puritans were heavily involved in this version and made sure that it was left out. But it wasn’t untill 1826 that the Apocrypha disappeared from most all King James Bibles.
The Apocrypha is in our 1733 Bible, if requested and I sometimes make it as a stand-alone book, if requested.
This is Bruce Jennings with his “Illiterate Bible” that I made for him.
To learn more about this book and see how I bind it by hand using antique tools and period techniques, please visit my web page at the following link:
This Day in History: January 15th, 1702
“Isaac Watts is called as pastor to Newington where he will set a high standard of preaching and overcome the resistance of the established church to the introduction of new hymns.”
“Isaac Watts had a pedigree the New England Congregationalists could get behind – his father was a Congregationalist pastor in Southampton, England, who was imprisoned for non-conformity. Watts had taught himself Latin by age four, Greek by nine, and Hebrew by thirteen. He turned down a scholarship to Oxford because he would have had to convert to Anglicanism, and instead went to the dissenters’ school at Stoke Newington, in London. If anyone’s hymns could supplant the Bay Psalm Book in the Yankee congregations, it would be his, which may be why the pastors embraced the change in the mid-Eighteenth Century so readily, even if the congregations did not always, as well.”
This is around the time when singing Psalms in Church was replaced my singing Hymns in Church. This reminds me of when singing Hymns in Church was replaced, in many churches, by singing modern songs. Kind of funny. What goes around comes around. I wonder what will be next. I am sure that we won’t like it at first.
I make a hand bound replica of Isaac Watt’s Hymnal that was originally published in 1767 in Boston. Click the following link to learn more about it:
This is one of my antique brass tools that I use to decorate my books. It is a monogram of the name of Jesus Christ. “IHS” is the Christogram for the Greek spelling of Jesus (ΙΗΣ- iota-eta-sigma; short for ΙΗΣΟΥΣ). Basically it is the first three letters of the Greek spelling. This is a very basic explanation of a very complex, and rather interesting history of the use of monograms in the early and medieval Church.
Take a look inside of this 1733 Bible before I put the leather on. Then visit my web page to see all of the steps involved in binding this Bible at the following link:
I took this photo of Deuteronomy 31:6 from my replica of our original 1733 Bible for Chuck Valentine . He plans to in-script it on his personal Virginia rifle. He assures me that he will share a photo of this with me and I will share it here with you. He plans to inscribe, “the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee”