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Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible in Victoria, B.C.

Anyone in the Victoria area on February 26th will enjoy a rare opportunity to view two volumes of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible at the University of Victoria. In 1998, the Benedictine Monks of Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota commissioned the first handwritten illuminated Bible since the advent of the printing press. […]

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Rare spell books sell for $13,865 but beware of the curse

Just days before All Hallow’s Eve, two handwritten, spiral-bound books of spells have sold on AbeBooks.com for $13,865, but the buyer risks being cursed if they are not a believer in witchcraft.  The opening page of the first of the two grimoires (that’s a magical textbook) is inscribed with the haunting warning: “To those not […]

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World’s Oldest Jewish Prayer Book Snapped Up by Collector

What is believed by some scholars to be the oldest known Jewish prayer book was recently acquired by the Green Collection, a private collection of biblical texts and artifacts assembled by Steve Green, president of arts and crafts retail chain Hobby Lobby. The 50-page text, carbon dated to the 9th century, is in its original […]

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20th Century Hand-Illuminated Book

Today’s gorgeous and unusual find is this hand-illuminated book. Not much appears to be known about it, but it’s just stunning (An illuminated manuscript is any manuscript whose text is accompanied by decoration. It originally referred only to silver or gilt adornments, but came to be acceptable terminology for any manuscript with drawings, paintings or […]

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Life-saving Bible from WWI Stopped Shrapnel

Amazing story from Retronaut about a bible that stopped shrapnel from killing its German infantryman owner, Kurt Geiler, in Northeast France in 1917. “In the never-ending trench warfare in North-East France, the German infantryman was sleeping as usual with his Bible underneath his head. Without warning, a direct hit destroyed his dug-out almost completely, wounding […]

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Christian Bookstore Says “No” to Troublesome ‘V’ Word

The literary world is no stranger to authors attempting to follow the bible’s instructions to the letter: stunt journalism poster boy A.J. Jacobs, an editor at large on Esquire Magazine did it in The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible. But for a different perspective, […]

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Banned Books Trading Cards from the Lawrence Public Library

Since 1982, the last week of September has been known as Banned Books Week, and is a time to reflect on censorship in the literary world, celebrate the freedom of information and access to literature, and review the most frequently banned and challenged titles today. For the annual observance of Banned Books Week last week, […]

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“In Praise of Virginity” Up for Auction at Sotheby’s

Vanity is a tough pitfall to avoid, apparently even for seventh-century nuns. The Telegraph reports that on July 10th 2012, Sotheby’s London is offering 60 lots on the auction block, comprising selections from the manuscript collection of Martin Schøyen. The lots include many historically and literarily significant pieces, including a leaf from an ancient manuscript […]

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Vatican Disapproval Sends Nun’s Sexuality Book to the Bestseller List

Wow. If I ever have a book published, I hope the Vatican will help me out by publicly condemning it. Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics by Margaret Farley was #142,982 on Amazon’s book ranking list on Monday morning. Then the Vatican spoke out against the book, the news went viral while the […]

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Delicious Medieval Illuminated Manuscript Cookies

An illuminated manuscript is any manuscript whose text is accompanied by decoration. It originally referred only to silver or gilt adornments, but came to be acceptable terminology for any manuscript with drawings, paintings or decorations such as ornate initials, borders, floral accoutrements and the like. Often the illuminations would depict a historical or rural/pastoral scene. […]

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