The Antique Bible: ...designed to last 1,000 years

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • May 01, 2012 • 0 Comments

The Bible is the best selling book in history with annual sales being approximately 25 million. In itself and in its astounding influence of literature and culture, it is one of the greatest literary works of all time.  It’s no surprise that this remarkable book has stood the test of time.  What better family heirloom is there than a four century old English Family Bible?   Whether you view the contents of the Bible as the Word of God or as a literary masterpiece, you can’t help but look at the ancient print of this powerful book with a certain respect and awe.

The Bible is divided into two testaments: the Old Testament, which was originally written in Hebrew, and the New Testament which was written in Greek.  The “Old Testament” refers to the Hebrew Bible, which the Jewish religion follows, although writers from the New Testament simply called the Old Testament “The Scriptures.”  It is also the first division of the Christian Bible.  The “New Testament” are the books written under the new covenant in Jesus Christ as the Messiah.  According to Bible history, the first written Word of God was given to Moses in 1400 BC.  By 500 BC, the Old Testament manuscripts were completed.  In the 1st century AD, the New Testament manuscripts were completed.

Antique Bibles hold up unbelievably well in comparison to newer prints.  Bibles today are printed on very thin rice paper or wood pulp paper that is glued together and designed to last between 20 – 50 years.  Ancient Bible are made from very strong, thick, acid-free 100% rag cotton linen sheets just like bed sheets, which are designed to last 1,000 years!  Leather binding doesn’t last as long, so many antique Bibles have been rebound over the centuries, but this is expected and doesn’t lessen their value.

Buying an antique Bible is a lot like buying real estate.  Their value usually increases by about 15 – 25% (or more) per year.  Now is the time to invest in one because of their rarity, their cost will only rise.  Unlike the stock market, value will not rise and fall.  Plus, what thief in their right mind would steal a book believed by billions to have been written by the Almighty God Himself?

A treasure like an antique Bible needs a treasure to hold it.  This Stripped Oak Bible Stand is available from Le Louvre French Antiques, right here.

Check back on Thursday for more about Antique Bibles.  Until then, Happy Latiquing!