Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Two things we learned in school today
"[In the 1540's] men were so eager to hear the Word of God that they even clustered round the lecterns while the priest was saying prayers at the altar. More than once some reader would slip from his place in the church as the clergyman mounted the pulpit. As soon as the dull, creaky voice in the pulpit announced its text, the Bible reader announced that he would read the story of the Good Samaritan or David and Goliath. There was no doubt which was the more interesting. Before the poor parson had got well into his dreary discourse his congregation had forgotten about him and was eagerly listening to find out if the shepherd boy slew the giant or if the man robbed by the wayside really died.
"The Bible had become a part of the life of the English people."--Makers of the English Bible: The Story of the Bible in English, by Cyril Davey
Photo of the Coverdale Bible found here
Photo of Prince George Hotel on July 1, 1867 found here