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DANIEL P. BUTTAFUOCO, ESQ. of the Law Firm of Buttafuoco & Associates and founder & president of The Historical Bible Society returns to address the theme: "THE ORIGINS OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE (PART 2)."
According to the Internet Public Library (IPL), "No one really knows how many copies of the Bible have been printed, sold, or distributed. The Bible Society's attempt to calculate the number printed between 1816 and 1975 produced the figure of 2,458,000,000. A more recent survey, for the years up to 1992, put it closer to 6,000,000,000 in more than 2,000 languages and dialects. Whatever the precise figure, the Bible is by far the bestselling book of all time."
As the British TIMES newspaper put it in 1996: "Forget modern British novelists and TV tie-ins, the Bible is the best-selling book every year. If sales of the Bible were included in best-seller lists, it would be a rare week when anything else would achieve a look in. It is wonderful, weird ... that in this godless age... this one book should go on selling, every month."
While these statistics are indeed impressive, the sad reality is that many of these Bibles are left unread, crammed into cluttered bookshelves or gathering dust on end tables. Many if not most of us in the English speaking world take for granted that we have the Word of God in our own language, oblivious or unmoved by the fact that many heroic Christians in centuries past endured imprisonment, torture and death so that all might have the precious Scriptures in their own native tongue.
Today Dan Buttafuoco will take us on a journey back in time to explore with us how we received the Bible in the English language, in hopes that we all may appreciate much more this priceless treasure that most of us own or have easy access to. Dan travels regularly to churches, schools and other organizations to put on display a portion of The Historical Bible Society's breathtaking collection of rare Bibles and Christian books of antiquity having great historical significance, some first edition volumes dating back prior to the Reformation, and to deliver fascinating lectures on the origins of the English Bible. The collection includes a First Edition 1611 King James Bible, a First Edition Foxe's Book of Martyrs, a page from the priceless Gutenberg Bible and much, much more.
Dan puts on these demonstrations absolutely free of charge, and does not even request donations. For more details contact Dan at 1-800-669-4878 or visit http://www.historicalbiblesociety.org/