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The Holy Bible: King James Version

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The King James Version of 1611 has been the most widely known and quoted version of the Bible for four centuries, and has shaped both Western culture and the English language. The Standard Text Bible offers the text of the King James Version in an exceptionally clear and readable type. The size of the Bible makes it a handy buy for someone who wants a Bible with readable type, but which is nor too heavy or bulky to carry. This Bible has a glossary of 14 pages which explains some of the lesser known words of 17th Century English, and a Bible reading plan. Bound in a flexible French Morocco leather, the Standard Text Bible represents exceptional value.… (more)
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    Holy Bible - Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) by Wartburg Project (divinepeacelutheran)
    divinepeacelutheran: My go-to version of the Bible. No additions or deletions. Easy to read.
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    The Holy Bible: New International Version (NIV) by Zondervan (witybe)
    witybe: I love reading the Holy Bible and the international version, it breaks words down more so you can understand. It offers me hope in a hopeless world, and’ that there is more to life than what we see or experience day to day; that there was, and still is a spiritual realm around us, which is God and His son Jesus, long before mankind was even created. The Bible informs us that we were created, and did not just appear or form here. It even gives us hope in our death if we believe. Directing us to what is good, and that there is goodness always present, and to what is evil, and why there is evil always present as well. The Holy Bible to me is the Spirit of God reaching down through an infinite expanse of time, using mankind; the prophets of old, touching generations of people, enlightening those who will hear and believe, so that they may help others who will receive and believe. Otherwise without the Holy Bible we all might have been agnostic and generations would have been oblivious about God. The Bible is a light in a very dark world’ that is relentlessly getting darker. Everyone should give it a read in their life rather you’re a believer or not. I give The Holy Bible five stars, nothing else on this planet offers such hope in life and death in this crazy world we live in.… (more)
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    Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible by David Plotz (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: An honest description of what the Bible actually says.

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For those of you who are having some trouble reading the fine in many Bibles, we have a large print King James Version Bible. It has nice large print as wellas pages that are not too thin so it is easier to turn pages. Besides the Old and New Testament it contains a dictionary/concordance and a few maps and a few other references to make Bible study easier. It is found on the library shelves under the number 220.5/Bib. Since this is a common number for Bibles, be sure to look for the words “Giant Print Presentation Edition” on the spine of the Bible.
  salem.colorado | Dec 26, 2020 |
First Edition Thus. First impression of the first edition thus - illustrated with woodcuts by Bernard Salomon. The Nonesuch Bible. Complete Three Volume Set. ***Typeface: Monotype Ehrhardt, with Garamond and Augustea Open Capitals. Printed on quality Indian paper by Oxford University Press (Vol I & II) and Cambridge University Press (Vol III). ***Vol I & Vol II: designed by Francis Meynell and printed by Vivian Ridler, Printer to the University, at the University Press, Oxford. ***Vol III: Designed by Francis Meynell and printed by Bernard Crutchley, printer to the University, at the University Press, Cambridge.

***All three volumes are near fine in olive green cloth-covered boards with decorative gilt fleurons tooling and borders to spines and front and rear boards. Decorative vignette titles pages. Reproductions of the woodcuts of Bernard Salomon.

A few pages in each volume have very light production paper creases - thin India paper used. No tears. No inscriptions. No foxing. No fading. Pages clean. Printed on quality cream paper, with exceptionally readable typography and in quality decorative bindings. All three volumes have their original loose protective clear acetate covers (not adhered to the volumes) also in fine condition. ***248 mm x158 mm. Vol I: 700 pages. Vol. II: 806 pages. Vol III: 778 pages (for the three volumes). ***First impression of the first edition thus, illustrated with reproductions of the 16th Century woodcuts by Bernard Salomon. ***Of interest to collectors of The Nonesuch Press and quality produced editions of the Holy Bible and The Apocrypha. ( )
  autolycus | Sep 19, 2020 |
I really like this Bible. As far as I can remember, I have had this Bible since I was a little kid. When I think of the Bible I tend to think of this exact Edition. ( )
  Charles_Rayburn | Jul 7, 2020 |
This book is a bit of a mess, frankly. Characters are introduced and then disappear without explanation, sometimes to turn up again chapters later. The narration is a mix of first, second and third person, and the tenses are all over the place, which I suppose is due to the fact that it is the product of innumerable authors and sources, and repeated translation.

The cast of characters is huge but, frankly, none of them are likable. The main character in the first half - the Old Testament - is quite seriously the most unpleasant character I've ever come across. This God character is venal, spiteful, petty, self-aggrandising, controlling, dishonest, murderous and constantly demanding. He sets impossible tasks for people and then punishes them for failure; he encourages (even orders!) the genocide of whole peoples that are doing nothing so much as living peacefully on a patch of land that he had promised generations earlier to a different bunch of people; he personally arranges the destruction of whole cities for violating rules that he has set down, even though they are nothing to do with him, the death of children for calling one of his followers names, the execution of an old man for collecting firewood on the wrong day - the list goes on and on.

The second part starts more promisingly. The main character here is God's son, Jesus (although there does seem to be an issue of parentage; Jesus is described as belonging to the bloodline of King David through his 'foster father' Joseph) who, when we rejoin him as an adult, is preaching some pretty nifty ideas about peace and brotherly love - curiously rather consonant with some Buddhist teachings that probably arrived in the Middle East in the first century BCE, but that's another story. Jesus has obviously inherited a few of his dad's less pleasant aspects; he has a temper on him, and can be seriously controlling - he tells his followers that they have to give up (indeed "hate") their families to follow him, in the manner that has been beloved of modern cult leaders, and he reinforces the earlier injunctions ("commandments"), although i was never clear on which set of sometimes contradictory orders he meant. But maybe that's just me.

Then, after Jesus is killed by the Romans for being a trouble maker, it gets seriously weird again. It's interesting that the four witnesses to the execution that write about it give massively contradictory accounts, both of the execution and Jesus life (kind of a Rashomon difference of perception thing going on there, I guess), then it rapidly gets weird and nasty again. Paul, the guy who takes over Jesus' work, is frankly a nutter. I think he's one of these "operating psychopaths" that you sometimes find in senior management positions, with a healthy dose of misogyny and self loathing thrown in. The drugs he must be taking probably don't help. I mean, you can see how bipolar he is in some of his letters to the Corinthians, but then by Revelations he's completely lost it. The apocalyptic rantings here fail as horror, mostly because they just don't make any sense. A decent horror writer knows that terror works when it connects with the reader, touches something in their psyche, but this just seems like random, drug-fuelled imagery.

Perhaps I'm being a little unfair. This book should probably be approached as a massive collection of (sometimes loosely) connected stories. Some of them are obviously meant to be parables - although sometimes you have to wonder just what lesson the reader is meant to take away - and probably not take it too seriously. And the saving grace, in this edition at least, is that some of the language is simply wonderful, he imagery occasionally breathtaking. It's interesting to compare to [b:The Epic of Gilgamesh|19351|The Epic of Gilgamesh|Anonymous|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167203587s/19351.jpg|3802528] or the [b:Mahabharata|1382693|Mahabharata|R.A. Kosasih|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1183140875s/1382693.jpg|1372685], books from different cultures on similar themes, although I think both of those are told better. ( )
  Pezski | Jun 21, 2020 |

Yeah right. Twilight gets you votes? I think not.

But I have some data on how we die.

From wiki on John von Neumann. Honestly, you must have heard of him, he's just like the most important scientist ever practically.

Von Neumann died a year and a half later, in great pain. While at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., he invited a Roman Catholic priest, Father Anselm Strittmatter, O.S.B., to visit him for consultation (a move which shocked some of von Neumann's friends). The priest then administered to him the last Sacraments.

I love the idea his friends were shocked. Doubtless they felt betrayed. But maybe von Neumann was merely being open-minded. Trying the improbable when that's all that's left.


My friend Phil has a wife, Belinda. She has a Tshirt she made up which says on it:

I shagged Edward and he lived.

If, like me until a few months ago, you have never heard of Twilight, let me explain. In the story Edward can’t have sex with humans because it would kill them. So, okay, this is funny, right? I hate printed Tshirts, but even I’m tempted by this one…

Just checking here. If I mention Twilight, will I get more votes for my bible discussion?

I’ve been thinking about the bible as a consequence of my father’s dying process, during which he became closer to some of the ideas than he had been for some time.

As one observes in various crises in one’s life, in general we’re willing to try anything. When asked, Peter Cook said he wanted to die like WC Fields: studying the bible, looking for loopholes. While not wishing to doubt there are atheists so strong in their beliefs that they die in a content way, most people, whatever they think they are, when it comes right down to it, will hope like hell (so to speak) that there’s a heaven. Somewhere to go next.

So, in the style of Sherlock Holmes, do we not, having eliminated the impossible, look to the improbable? And the point of Christian belief is that it is about the improbable, but not the impossible. Have you never in your life out of sheer desperation prayed to the God that might, after all, be there listening to you? Or is it only ex-Catholics that do this?

I received a newsletter in the post when I came back from Adelaide soon after my father had died. It discussed him in some detail – as being alive, strange to read – and inter alia said:

I visited Monica and Paul on Australia Day, their 51st wedding anniversary, and took them some Jubilee cake. Paul told me that he had been praying to Mary MacKillop for a miracle. Later that day I returned with Fr Rob Egar who anointed Paul. I saw that as the miracle. Many of you will remember that Monica and Paul left the Church very publicly about 40 years ago, so on-going prayers for them at this difficult time would be much appreciated.

Is that a bit of (referring to Manny’s idea) game-theory, the nun seeing this as a miracle? Is it a bit of game-theory that my father is suddenly praying to saints and desiring blessings, which I might add he is taking from all and sundry? He asked his friend Morris when he came to visit him if he had any good blessings in him. Morris modestly demurred.

Now, my father was a highly intellectual and knowledgeable theologian, a trait which stayed with him, however publicly he left the Church. What I can’t see him as, at any point in his life, is a Christian. I say that from the perspective of having been brought up for ten years or so in a family which was devout. And yet. And yet. I think my father was doing what anybody would when faced with the options. Trying the bloody unlikely when that’s all that’s left.
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  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
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For my children, their children, and all the generations to come

Caritas aeternum est

- B.M.
Prince, IAMES by the grace of God
King of Great Britaine, France and Ireland,
Defender of the Faith, &c.,
wish Grace, Mercie, and Peace, through
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"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
Bibliographical introduction. Mainly, no doubt, because of the predominance of French as the language of educated people in England from the time of the Norman Conquest until the middle of the fourteenth century, the Bible, as a whole, remained untranslated into English until the last years of the life of Wyclif.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
For God so loved ye world, that he gave his only begotten Sonne: that whosoever beleeveth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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The King James Version of 1611 has been the most widely known and quoted version of the Bible for four centuries, and has shaped both Western culture and the English language. The Standard Text Bible offers the text of the King James Version in an exceptionally clear and readable type. The size of the Bible makes it a handy buy for someone who wants a Bible with readable type, but which is nor too heavy or bulky to carry. This Bible has a glossary of 14 pages which explains some of the lesser known words of 17th Century English, and a Bible reading plan. Bound in a flexible French Morocco leather, the Standard Text Bible represents exceptional value.

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This edition does not include the Apocrypha, which were included in the Authorized Version under the authority of King James.
This book contains the complete English text of the Holy Bible as translated under the authority of King James. Some unique features of this printing include a full color picture of Jesus teaching, the words of Jesus highlighted in red, and three full color maps. For reference, the book included a 125 page concordance plus tables explaining weights, money, and bibical measurements, a summary of all the books of the Bible, and an explanation of the languages used in the Bible.
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