How many Bibles does one person need? and what to do when they have old inscriptions? How sentimental should I be?
Having sorted through the books on my shelves numerous times, these bibles remain and I'm about to start packing all my books. I guess they'll move with me although it does seem a bit silly.
There is a huge Family Bible that goes back several generations and a teeny weeny even older bible that I found in a Jumble sale years ago. Both these have brass fasteners - a very small one on the little bible
One of the others was given to his father by Col's Dad and then has Colin's name in Aged 11.
One is a Gideons bible given out at school, but I don't think it's mine. Another was my late Mum's bible given to her by Aunt Nellie in 1939.
And the one in the red slip cover is mine, awarded to me for a scripture exam. It was an honour back then to get a good enough exam result to be awarded a bible as well as a certificate. Being competitive I really loved doing the annual Scripture Exam and have several certificates to prove it!
The photos below are from inside the front cover of the tiny bible with dates of 1893
and back even further to 1845
My Dad had it rebound in the 1980s and it has some colour pictures and long lists of births and marriages - but nothing written in for years.
At the back is something that came in very handy when I was at Sunday school .....it's a concordance and gives details of where in the bible various words can be found. Handy for Bible quizzes back then.
The family Bible seems to be passed to the oldest in each generation so one day I'd better give it to Eldest Daughter - goodness knows what she'll say about that!