When asked, at a Heavenly Press Conference, by nosey, inquisitive, Journalists, The Lord God Almighty, caught off guard because even Gabriel , and St Paul, didn't expect THIS question, sighed deeply, and replied...
"The Mad Macedonian is MINE, I sayeth, but, Oh ME, what a Project!"
Then the Press Conference came to an abrupt end, and the last the Official Heavenly Press Corp. saw of the Big Guy was him heading down a hallway, bellowing..."Jesus! Jesus! We Need to Talk, NOW!"
But enough about me, this post is about Bibles. ;-D
Sometime in the 1950's my Maternal Grandmother, Iva Wells, bought a fancy King James "Old Masters" Bible, in a slip case, and filled with wonderful color illustrations by artistis master of centuries past, color maps, indexes, dictionary, and concordance.
Also a section reprinting all 46 of The Parables of Jesus.
It was published in 1954, and is quite beautiful.
Grandma kept the book until her death, and it was passed on to my Mother.
The various places in the book, fo family info, are all filled out, by my Mom, wih info about abour Grandparents, parents, siblings, and also my Dad, my sisters, and I.
The glue of the spine of the book became so dry, over the years that the book & its cover are no longer connected.
As a child, in the 60's, I remember my first experience with the teachings of the Bible were from a 12 book series of childrens books, and visits to a Catholic Church, in Claremont, and a Russian Orthodox Church in Glendora, mostly on Holidays.
I got my first personal Bible as a teen, in Middle School, and in the 70's, and 80's, after we moved to Pomona, and made friends with the woman who I grew up to call "Granma Woods", we attended a Pentecostal Church, off Mission & San Antonio, in Ontario, where my sisters, & I, attended Sunday School for a few years.
In college I got a new Bible, and even took a Bible as Literature/History, class.
My Mom occasionally read her Mothers Bible, but preferred another Bible so as not to damage the older one.
When Mom died in 1990, I packed the old one safely away.
I know of a bookbinder in Redlands, and may one day take the Bible to him to see if they can re-acquaint the book permanently with its cover.
I grew up watching Hour of Power, Oral Roberts, Jerry Falwell, and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and even read one of Roberts books, but in the 90's my Bible, & I, parted ways, not to be reaquainted until 2004 when I bought a new one. ;-D
Last time I read it was probably 2006. ;-D
I read books on the History of Christianity, watched favorite movies, and not much else.
I've been reading new books, the last 7 months, doing some thinking about the future, and decided it was time to retire my old, outdated Bible, and start fresh with a new one, so off I traipsed, the other day, to a Barnes & Noble.
Do you have a Family Bible?
Something old, and cherished, that you wouldn't dare to use on a daily, or weekly, basis, if at all, but occasionally open on rare occasions?
Or is it one that you do use as your personal Bible?
Or, do you have a Bible that you have made entirely your own?