Part 7 - Some of the Bible resources in Christian Science Reading Rooms up to 1910
by Robert Nguyen Cramer
Versions (in the order of their first date of publication of the complete Bible)
King James Version (KJV) -1611 (complete Bible) / 1769 (complete Bible, revised) [book review and other relevant links at http://www.bibletexts.com/kjv-tr.htm]
Young's Bible Translation - 1862 (New Testament) / 1898 (complete Bible)
Revised Version (RV) - 1881 (New Testament) / 1885 (complete Bible)
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible - 1872 (New Testament) / 1902 (complete Bible) [You can read a book review and explore links to Christian Science Journal articles advocating or quoting it at http://www.bibletexts.com/reviews/bibles/rotherham.htm .]
American Standard Version (ASV, then known as Standard American Edition of the Revised Version of the Bible) - 1901 (complete Bible)
Reference Bibles, many types with various combinations of the following:
* The Oxford Teachers' Bible included all the features noted with * above. This seems to be the predecessor of the current Oxford Annotated Bible, which is sold in Reading Rooms today.
Special editions: Combined Bibles
KJV & RV - bound together
KJV & RV - verse-by-verse parallel texts
Special editions: One volume with just a part of the Bible
Book of Psalms
Book of Proverbs
Old Testament Apocrypha
Four gospels in one volume
New Testament & Psalms
Apocryphal New Testament
This included various apocryphal gospels, letters, and other writings that today may be found in such works as New Testament Apocrypha, Volumes I and II (edited by Wilhelm Schneemelcher, John Knox Press, 1991) and The Complete Gospels (edited by Robert J. Miller, Harper Collins, 1994)
Smith's Pronouncing Bible Dictionary
Robert Peel (Mary Baker Eddy, The Years of Discovery, New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1966, pages 222-223) describes Mrs. Eddy's introduction to Smith's Bible Dictionary as follows:
Back on May 30 , while she was still at the Webster house, Mrs. [Mary Baker] Glover had received a telegram summoning her to Manchester to help a friend of the Websters, Mrs. Mary M. Gale, who was critically ill with pneumonia. She had gone and healed her immediately, and Mrs. Gale's subsequent letters poured out her gratitude for the healing. But while she was there, Mrs. Glover had noticed a small child in the house playing with a book, and when she picked up the book she read with delight the title A Dictionary of the Bible, edited by William Smith and published only the year before in Hartford, Connecticut. Mrs. Gale ordered a copy for her and it arrived while she was at Miss Bagley's.
Up to that time she had to carry on her writing without concordances or any of the normal aids to biblical study. Now she at least had one reference work to abet her, and her direct and indirect references to Smith's Dictionary even in the last edition of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures show that she valued its aid. She was especially pleased to find the text of Genesis 6:3, "And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh," rendered, "And Jehovah said, My spirit shall not forever rule [or be humbled] in men, seeing that they are [or, in their error they are] but flesh." Here was the very language of Science.
BibleTexts.com note: Mrs. Eddy quotes this reference from Smith's Bible Dictionary in S&H 320:8-17. She also quotes from Smith's in '00 13:24. Peel implies that there are also other S&H references to Smith's Bible Dictionary that do not mention Smith's as the source. To explore other biblical resources Mrs. Eddy used, browse http://www.bibletexts.com/terms/biblical-criticism.htm#mbebiblicalresources.
Smith-Peloubet's Dictionary of the Bible
Cruden's Complete Concordance
The Journeys of Jesus by Dr. Addison Darre Crabtre
"A chronological, geographical and topographical history of the Journeys of Jesus and the Twelve Disciples in Palestine. Founded on the gospels and the latest surveys in the Holy Land with correct maps and beautiful illustrations by Dr. Addison Darre Crabtre."
SOURCES: The sources of the listing of the above books were (1) the The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity, and (2) the Christian Science Reading Room Catalogs up to 1910. The descriptions of those books came from various sources.
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