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Scripture Writing

Discussion in 'Christian Scriptures' started by After God's Heart, Jun 15, 2021.

  1. After God's Heart

    After God's Heart New Member

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    Does anyone handwrite the whole Bible (or whole books?)
    What have you gathered over the course of your experience from this practice?
     
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  2. angelsaroundme

    angelsaroundme Well-Known Member

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    What an interesting idea. I'm sure it would help with memorization.
     
  3. GallagherM

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    Hello AfterGodsHeart; My suggestion to you would be to first get a Thompson Chain Guide bible; any version KJV, NASB1977, ESV, or NKJV you can find them on any christianbook store online most likely.

    Then go from there. I write the scriptures down, and do them for topical studies which is what the Thompson Chain Guide bible is for using; Here is an idea of what it looks like online; but if you look for videos on youtube you will see the actual handled version: Browse by letter: 'A' - Thompson Chain Reference -
     
  4. The Liturgist

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    No, but I typeset liturgical books as part of a project I am a member of called LiturgyWorks, and these include lectionaries and a Gospel Book. It is beneficial to memorization, because good typography is an art form on a par with manuscript artistry. The 20th century answer to the Book of Kells or the Rabbula Gospel or illuminated primers, missals and Psalters of all forms from the pre-Gutenberg era is in the form of typographical masterpieces like the Standard Book* of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church designed by John W. Updike, as well as his earlier Standard Book of the 1892 BCP. The copies of these printed on vellum for archival purposes by the Episcopal Church are priceless, and the 500 printed copies, sold in the case of the 1892 and 1928 editions to subscribers who ordered the book in advance (both selling out in record time) to affluent American Anglicans whose names read like the first class passenger manifold on a luxury trans-Atlantic steamship such as RMS Berengaria, or RMS Olympic, or RMS Queen Mary.** There was to be a Standard Book of the 1979 BCP, and a beautiful Prospect was designed by the San Francisco-based Arrion Press, whose editions of books like Moby Dick are regarded as classic.

    I don’t claim to be Updike, but my project aims to create public domain liturgical books including Gospel Books, Psalters and other lectionaries, which consist of scripture arranged according to a schedule of lessons throughout the year which correspond to the holy days and seasons of the Church, in a new manner appropriate for the age of print on demand and tablet computers. And this is intensely rewarding as I said earlier and contributes to the memorization of scripture.

    *The Episcopal Church, since its inception in the 1780s as a result of the Church of England abandoning Anglicans and Methodists in the newly independent United States, forcing the organization of the Protestant Episcopal Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church, which are now the Episcopal Church USA (and the Anglican Church in North America, as some ECUSA dioceses left, such as the Diocese of Fort Worth), released its editions of the Book of Common Prayer into the public domain and used definitive Standard Books held in the cathedral of each diocese as reference copies until the 1979 edition.

    ** The RMS Queen Mary has become endangered, so maritime history observers should pay attention, and if donations wind up being solicited, I for one will make one.
     
  5. After God's Heart

    After God's Heart New Member

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    I've been using an interleaved journaling ESV set to write directly next to Bible passages but will definitely look into the Thompson Chain reference, I've been looking for a good physical copy of a concordance for my own slowly-budding library (so far have been looking at Strong's) - thanks!

    Deuteronomy 6:
    4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
     
  6. After God's Heart

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    Wow! A lot to unpack here, this is fascinating.
    First - vellum paper is so beautiful, no wonder those 500 copies are priceless.
    Second- I had to look up what typesetting entails (pardon my ignorance) and I'm so impressed at all the ways we have to imprint the word in our hearts.
     
  7. The Liturgist

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    The 500 subscription copies are expensive but not priceless, printed on fine paper. By expensive, I mean Ive never seen one for sale on ebay and I expect they would cost at least as much as a new car, a five figure sum.

    The vellum printed editions were distributed to the different dioceses that existed at that time and also stored in the archives of the Episcopal Church.
     
  8. GreekOrthodox

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    I had to hand translate the Gospel of John. That was enough carpal tunnel for me.
     
  9. GallagherM

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    @After God's Heart: Someone at church gave me a Strongs concordance. Though it seems so much easier to use the website biblehub; to look up the words in greek than using the big book lol, it is so much faster to use. The Thompson Chain though is very helpful.

    @GreekOrthodox Why did you have to do that?
     
  10. GreekOrthodox

    GreekOrthodox Psalti Chrysostom

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    I was a seminarian.
     
  11. Nicaea_1Q

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  12. Shane R

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    I have heard of this discipline. I have not undertaken to do it but I would certainly encourage anyone who enjoyed calligraphy or simply handwriting to pursue it. I had a parishioner who became interested in calligraphy for a period of time and began writing out our weekly readings on a sheet of fine paper. This was a well intentioned, if not particularly helpful, act. Generally speaking, the practice of copying from your source text to your own handwritten page thrusts you into meditating on the Scripture.

    I do still handwrite sermons (or at least the outlines) much of the time.
     
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