History of the Holy Bible
Many homes in this modern world contain, not one, but many Bibles, sitting on bookshelves gathering dust. Bibles have become so commonplace that they are no longer prized as the genuine life changing treasure they can be. We would encourage you to become more familiar with the true history of making God's word, the Holy Bible available to the masses.
No other book has the power to transform the world by transforming the hearts of individual people. If you are unfamiliar with the history of the Bible, please invest an hour or so to read and watch the following YouTube videos quoted in this article. This series was found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwMQTEVSobg&feature=player_embedded
The Forbidden Book: History of the Bible (1986)
The Forbidden Book is now a DVD presentation examining the history of the Word of God in English. It is hosted by Dr. Craig Lampe, a Bible historian and International Director of the World Bible Society. Dr. Lampe owns the Rare Bible Showroom in Arizona and holds a virtual monopoly over rare and antique Bibles. His collection even includes a 1410 Wycliffe Manuscript valued at just under $3 million. It is one of the rarest Bibles in the world. He has a Coverdale Bible, Great Bibles, sells leaves of the Geneva Bible, and, amazingly enough, leaves from the Gutenberg Bible - the first book ever published. If you happen to have one of these complete Bibles sitting in your attic, you should have it insured for about $100 million.
There are many amazing facts worked into the presentation. Lampe shows a scroll that is 1000 years old, and tells the viewer that it is word-for-word the same as the text of the Dead Sea Scrolls that were written a full millennium before. He describes how the Bible went from being available in 500 languages in 400 AD to being available in only 1 only 100 years later. He talks about a 110 year period in America during which 5000 editions of the Bible were produced.
In short, it is quite an informative and enjoyable video. The production quality is a little bit uneven (the host can be a bit awkward at times (what do you do with your hands when you're on camera?) and there are places where the camera shakes a little bit during panning shots. But on the whole the quality is quite good. It is a bit strange that the only information given about who produced this video are the name of the host and, at the very end, his web site (C.P.M.). There are no further credits. I know from the information given on various e-commerce sites that it is produced by New Liberty Videos, a company that does not seem to have an Internet presence.
Lutheran Bible History
The Lutheran Bible, translated into German by Dr. Martin Luther, ushered in a period of great tribulation for people hungry to read God's word in their own language. All throughout the sixteenth century, average people hungered to read the word of God in their own language. God's word was hidden from the masses by the obscure Latin language, known only to a handful of elite clergy. As long as people remained ignorant of God's word, they were easily led by the church leaders.
The experience of reading God's word was so powerful, many people in Europe and England were martyred for their mere possession of a New Testament or even a small portion of the Bible. It was the life experience of these sixteenth centurty believers that drove people to risk it all and come to the American continent in 1609 seeking religious freedom.
Being reminded of the blood that was shed to bring the Bible to common folk like myself, makes me consider just how flippantly I treat the Scriptures. Do I really have a sense of how privileged I am to have not just one Bible but an entire stack of them in many outstanding translations? And do I thank Yahweh for the faithful men and women who gave their lives that I can have unlimited access to His Word? Do I really understand how unique my situation is? I suspect I do not often enough consider these things.
Before I close, I will warn that the host is quite harsh towards the Roman Catholic Church and their role in the history of the English Bible. And well he should be, as the papacy worked tirelessly to eradicate any person who dared to present the Scriptures to the common man. Of course the fears of the Church were founded, for when Scripture became accessible, the light quickly broke forth and spread throughout the world.
The Geneva Bible
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When Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VIII ascended the British throne (1553), of England, she was determined to force new protestant readers of the Tyndale English Bible to recant and return to Roman Catholicism. At least 300 protestants were martyred in England during the period known as the Reign of Bloody Queen Mary.
At covenantpeoplesministry.com the advertisement for this video says, "Hundreds of Church Sunday School classes and Christian home-schoolers use it as part of their curriculum." I would agree that this presentation would be useful for those purposes. It would make a valuable addition to a church, school or even public library. It would also make a great gift. And of course it is also a valuable addition to a person library. I very much enjoyed this video and am sure to watch it again. I recommend it.
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Covenant People's Video is proud to reissue this rare, out-of-print film to YouTube (3-09)!