Last Friday, some of my friends and I visited the ‘largest floating bookshop in the world’ MV Logos Hope. If you’re a book lover in Manila, you probably have heard of its sister-ship MV Doulos that used to be the oldest running ship in the world, which already said farewell to Manila and to the world two years ago. Doulos could no longer pass the maritime standard of ships, that is why it was decommissioned and was replaced by the newer and larger ship MV Logos Hope. I have been a regular visitor of Doulos since I was in high school (nostalgia!), but then again I’m so glad Logos Hope came in.
When you get a little bit mature, your choices of books get streamlined. You get to buy books, no longer the books you want but the books you actually need. But every now and then you get these lapses. Especially when you’re a historian. On Logos Hope, there, sitting on a shelf, alone, was this Bible (picture above). I looked closely and I could not believe my eyes! It’s the replica of the original King James Bible as it came out in England in the year 1611. Argh! I had to buy it. I bought it for just PhP 400.00. Yep, it’s a jackpot.
This Bible was translated by the most unlikely people. Apolitical Puritans, self-serving merchants, political allies of King James… but through it all came out the first widely used English Bible, which was poetic, majestic and most of all, closer to the original Greek and Hebrew than any Bible of its time, that used the Latin Vulgate (LV is the Latin translation of the Greek original).
Here are some short video histories of the King James Bible. It’s now 401 years old!
I still can’t believe I have this on my shelf. :)
From the dedication of the 1611 KJV:
"Great and manifold were the blessings (most dread sovereign) which Almighty God, the Father of all Mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when first he sent your Majesties Royal person to rule and reign over us. For whereas it was the expectation of many, who wished not well unto our Zion, that upon the setting of that bright Occidental Star, Queen Elizabeth of most happy memory, some thick and palpable clouds of darkness would so have overshadowed this land, that men should have been in doubt which way they were to walk, and that it should hardly be known, who was to direct the unsettled State… But among all our Joys, there was no one that more filled our hearts than the blessed continuance of the Preaching of God’s sacred word amongst us, which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth, because the fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that Eternal happiness which is above in Heaven.”
*MV Logos is docked at the South Harbor, Pier 15, until it leaves for Subic on March 14. Note for all bibliophiles: It sells many RARE books!
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- eyephoria said: Lucky you! :-) When I went there last Sunday there were more visitors than books! It took me quite some time until I got my hands on this gorgeous coffee table book from Lonely Planet, The Middle of Nowhere. 600 lang! Jackpot din! :-)
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- xhocoretto said: UWAAH! Lucky! I was just there hours ago and I would’ve spazz over this book too! s;ldf;sdkf HOW COOL!
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