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The 1539-1540 Great Bible:
The major goal of the Protestant Reformation was not to fracture the church into hundreds of Protestant denominations. The Reformer’s main goal was simply to make the Word of God legal and available in the common languages of the people, so that it could be read by everyone. Both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England persecuted and killed anyone who dared to print the Bible in any language other than Latin… especially English. The 1539 Great Bible put an end to that, and unchained the scriptures for the first time in over 1,000 years. Just three years earlier, on October 6, 1536, William Tyndale was executed for printing the scriptures in English. His last words were, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!” Three years later, his dying prayer was answered. King Henry the Eighth funded the printing of the Bible in the English language, the Great Bible, the first Bible ever authorized for public use.
Of course, King Henry the Eighth did not do this because he had a change of heart, or because he was such a devoted Christian. He did it mostly out of personal pride, and to spite the Roman Catholic Church. King Henry wanted to divorce his wife and marry his lover, and the Pope refused to allow even the King of England to do this. So, King Henry just married his lover anyway, (later killing two of his many wives), and renounced the Roman Catholic Church, and proclaimed himself the head of both the State AND the Church (both King and “Pope” so to speak), and founded the Church of England, a.k.a. the Anglican Church. As further show of defiance, he funded the printing of the Bible in the English language, which was the biggest fear of the Roman Catholic Church for ages. This is an excellent example of God using the evil motives of a wicked man, to bring about His good purpose and His glory.
These leaves were printed on 100% rag cotton linen sheet, not wood-pulp
paper like books today, so they remain in excellent condition… even
after nearly 500 years. Each leaf is a unique piece of ancient artwork,
measuring approximately 15 inches tall by 10 inches wide, and carefully
produced one-at-a-time by the King’s
printers, and later bound into complete Bibles and chained to the church
comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Imagine… having a leaf
from one of the earliest press-runs of the Bible that broke the chains
that kept the Word of God imprisoned publicly in Latin for over 1,000
years: The Great Bible.
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