Bideford church celebrates with Bible display

BIDEFORD Parish Church is holding a celebration of a best seller.

The church has mounted an exhibition of Bibles to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James, or authorised, version of the Bible.

The exhibition, which runs until Sunday, December 3, displays Bibles of and for all ages and from all walks of life.

There are Bibles in different translations, in different versions and sizes, Bibles as story books, study notes and material for students of this famous book. Also featured are old Bibles, family Bibles, some that went to war and Bibles of historic value.

Most of the hundreds of Bibles on display have been loaned by members of the congregation. The oldest, a Breeches Bible, dates back to 1585 and gets its name from a verse in Genesis referring to Adam and Eve sewing fig leaves together to make themselves breeches.

Another commemorates former Holsworthy man William Lyle, who took it with him to the Boer War. It is exhibited with his campaign medals.

Children from St Mary’s Church of England Primary School also have a display of their own.

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