Above all else, guard your heart for it affects everything else you do. - Anonymous, Holy Bible, New International Version
When I hear the word book, immediately writers instinctively come to mind, and one especially well known storyteller springs quickly into my thoughts.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain
The world knows him for his classic American novels such as, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.
"The Bible has noble poetry in it... and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies." - Mark Twain
Our Sepia theme today runs a bit deeper then the likes of Huck and Tom's shenanigans, as we research the Bible.
This photo on file at the Library of Congress
was taken between 1950-1960.
Asia Minor, Ephesus, Marble Street.
Ruins of theatre on the right.
Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the
Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written right here.
The city was the site of several of the 5th-century Christian Councils.
But, Alan has asked us to bring forth any bibles or other old books from under our own roofs.
So let's brush off that dust and see what we have.
Just what might we uncover from
our own bookshelves?
The books below are from my family's collection of old bibles and other interesting books.
This tattered and thoroughly worn bible, is now in my possession, but once belonged to my grandfather. He used this bible regularly, but he also owned a rather lavishly larger version bound in white leather.
The couple in the photo are his parents, my Great-Grandmother Bertha and Great-Grandpa Alfred. The glass, also a family treasure was etched at a fair in 1908!
This is one of several maps within his bible.
This was from my grandmother's collection of bibles. She had an endless supply from all walks of life.
After all these years, I've come to finally understand why she spent so many hours pouring over her own thoughts and writings regarding the bible. It was Thomas Jefferson's own thoughts throughout this book which introduced her to the very idea of rewriting, or editing the bible.
My burning question at this very moment, that sadly will remain forever unanswered is,
did she agree or disagree with Thomas Jefferson's writing?
Or for the content within the bible as well?
Below is the last page of his book
The closing remarks in ink, are in my grandmother's own handwriting.
This page is from another book belonging to my grandmother, Strength for the Day. I haven't looked at it in years, but it's very amazing how even though it was written in 1945, the words are quite fitting for today's world as well.
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