Thursday, March 10, 2011
rare king james bible found in wiltshire village church
from bbc: A rare original King James Bible has been discovered on a shelf in a Wiltshire church. The discovery was made by residents researching the history of St Laurence Church in Hilmarton, near Calne. Geoff Procter, a member of the parochial church council, said they read about a "fine chained Bible in a glass case" at the church. They then made the link with a Bible that had been sitting on a shelf at the church for a number of years. Mr Procter said: "We started doing some research and discovered that the Bible that, as far as I'd known, had always stood on a shelf at the church was in fact 400 years old." There are fewer than 200 original printings of the King James version known to exist. And it is believed that the rediscovered Bible is one of the few remaining editions printed in 1611. "It's one of those sorts of information that you don't know whether you should tell everybody or nobody," said Mr Procter. "But we thought that it was such an important artefact of the church and indeed the Church of England generally that we thought we ought to do some more research."