A Rare 1st Edition 1611 King James Bible Discovered In Church Cupboard

WREXHAM, Wales – The pastor of an historic church in Great Britain was cleaning out a cabinet in recent weeks when he stumbled upon a book most often found only in museums – a rare first edition of the 1611 King James Bible. It turned out to be a historic find as there are believed to be fewer than 200 such Bibles still in existence.

It was a big surprise to Vicar Jason Bray of St. Giles Parish Church in Wrexham, Wales, who serves in a church building that was built in the late 1400s and early 1500s, more than a century prior to King James authorizing the translation.

“We basically found it when we were going through the cupboards,” Bray said. “We didn’t know it was a first edition, but we sent photographs to the National Library of Wales and they confirmed that it was, dating back to 1611.

The Reverend Dr Jason Bray stumbled upon it as he was taking stock at St Giles Parish Church in Wrexham town centre.

Dr Bray said: ‘We basically found it when we were going through the cupboards.

‘We didn’t know it was a first edition, but we sent photographs to the National Library of Wales and they confirmed that it was, dating back to 1611.

‘It has been authenticated, and as far as we know, has always been here.’

He added: ‘King James wanted everybody to use the same Bible and have it put in all the churches. What he was trying to do was create some sort of uniformity.’

The Bible is an important find for the church as it is one of just a few copies of the first edition of the authorised Bible, which set guidelines not just for Christian worship in the English language, but also for the English language itself.

It is also an incredibly rare artefact, with fewer than 200 first edition copies thought to be in existence.

It was printed in London by Robert Barker, printers to King James I, who commissioned the Bible’s translation at Hampton Court in 1604.

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It turned out to be a historic find as there are believed to be fewer than 200 such Bibles still in existence.

Known as the Authorised Version (AV) of the Bible in English, the King James Bible was the third Bible to be translated into English and officially approved by the Church, putting together a number of translations agreed on by scholars working in Westminster, Oxford and Cambridge.

It went on to become the internationally accepted and authorised version of the Bible in English, although parts of the Bible were first translated into English by William Tyndale and published nearly 100 years earlier.

The St Giles copy is not completely intact, with a frontispiece missing from the Old Testament and some pages missing from the back.

But it is otherwise in good condition and the text is still legible due to the use of woven paper, which has a low acid content.

It was printed in London by Robert Barker, printers to King James I, who commissioned the Bible’s translation at Hampton Court in 1604.

A similar copy found in Great St Mary’s at Cambridge University in 2011, also a first edition, was valued at several thousand pounds.

Dr Bray, who has been at St Giles Church since April, said he read Alfred Palmer’s The History of the Parish Church of Wrexham and decided to go looking for some of the items mentioned as being in the church’s collection.

He added he was unable to guess at the value of the Bible.

Here is a documentary on the bible for those who want to know how they were translated.

‘I have absolutely no idea of its value. I don’t know how many there are in existence and you can buy pages on the internet for about £500 each.

‘It’s not absolutely complete, but it’s not far off.’

Dr Bray is now keen to see the church’s first edition given a proper storage and display space.

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‘We’re keeping it safe at the moment, but we would like to have somewhere to display it – but to do that, we’ll need money.’

The goal now is to give the Bible a property display so that everyone can see it.

In the Faithful Service of Jesus Christ, 

Lisa Muhar

Source: CE

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PROPHECY:

Unearthing God’s Word in the form of living artifacts should be viewed as prophetic, as it proves that God’s Word endures forever, just as he said!

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” – Matthew 24:14 (KJV). 

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Matthew 24:35 (KJV). 

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. – Isaiah 40:8 (KJV).

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. – Isaiah 55:11 (KJV). 

 “…many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” – Daniel 12:4 (KJV).  

For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof – Psalm 102:14 (KJV).

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