The Enduring Meaning of Family Traditions
Today is Mother’s Day; a day filled with brunches, flowers and phone calls..and most importantly family traditions. The family Bible has long been a tradition in American culture. Records of birth, weddings, funerals and heartfelt events, it is an heirloom passed down from generation to generation. This week we received such an heirloom…an 1892 Pronouncing Parallel Holy Bible, which includes the Old Testament, New Testamen, full color plates. It is much more than just a Bible this book contains “authorized and revised versions of the Old and New Testaments, arranged in parallel columns, giving the correct pronunciation of every scripture proper name contained in the Bible, by Prof. S. F. Williams, Complete Concordance: Marginal references, chronological tables, A history of ancient Biblical manuscripts, with facsimiles of the same, The earliest printed editions of the Bible, A history of the revision of the Bible, etc.” Marked “John Gately & Co., 171 Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois”. What makes this a potential treasure is that the personal pages have not been written on! A few of the first pages are loose from the binding. You can expect some minor tears and darkening of the pages.