Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Bible and The Divine Name Exhibit, Brooklyn

Hi Dear Folk,

Today is absolutely glorious, 75 F ten degrees above what is normal for this time of year, the sun is shining and the trees are glowing, like the embers of a fire.

An exhibit that Jean and I have long wanted to see is located at Brooklyn Bethel in NYC.  The Bible and The Divine Name, this exhibit represents the intense struggle down through the ages to preserve God's word the Bible and the use of his divine name Jehovah.

At the exhibit you will find an original first edition King James Bible, how does one know that it is a first edition, well there are unique printing variations, at Ruth chapter 3 verse 15 in the first edition it says "He went out of the city."  In following editions it was changed to "She".  The first edition King James Bible has become known as the "He Bible".

The Latin Vulgate translated from old manuscripts obviously was not in the language of the common people but in the language of the Catholic clergy, however the 1708 edition, edited by Sebastian Schmidt did use the name Jehovah throughout, although other editions do not.  This Bible too is in the collection.

Another Bible is the Julia E. Smith Bible, she was the first woman to make a translation into English from the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts and chose to use the name Jehovah.

This proved to be interesting to us, see above, the mention of Thomas Cromwell, because the next day we went into NYC and visited the Frick House on Central Park and there are two paintings by Hans Holbein in the sitting room, one of Thomas Moore and the other of Thomas Cromwell.

The Bay Psalm Book was the first book printed in England's American colonies.

Here is the Nuremberg Polyglot a compilation of the Greek Scriptures in twelve languages, done by Elias Hutter.

These are just a few of the Bibles in the exhibit, along with copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Moabite Stone, which can be seen in the British Museum.

If you would like to watch further information on this exhibit, go here to see a video about this collection.

Both Jean and I share a love of history, so this was of great interest to us.



  1. Yes it was so interesting and I did look at the video again to remind me of the exhibition. The link with Thomas Cromwell and then seeing his picture in Frick house was amazing. It was incredible to see all those wonderful old bibles together.

  2. I would love to see this collection in person one day!

    1. Here's the link to make a reservation for a tour. Hope this helps.


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