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Brown's Self-Interpreting Bible

Brown's Self-Interpreting Bible
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Cover Type: Hardback

Edition: 1814 Edition

Illustrated: Yes

An extensively illustrated, forty engravings, edition of Brown's Self-Interpreting Bible, with explanatory notes and evangelic reflections. This book is approximately 200 years old. It contains a decorative book plate from 1819. The Front over is detached and the leather on the spine is peeling. There is a little family history inscribed on the end pages. The frontice piece , an illustration on Peter, has been repaired with tape around the edges and the yitle page has also been repaiered across the generations of owners. The Text block is solid as is the rear board.  There is foxing through out. Marbled end pages and mabled edges. Printed and publishe by Brightly and Childs. This is a piece of history.
John Brown, 1722 - 1787, was a theologian and minister of the Secession church. "It was for The Self-Interpreting Bible (1778) and A Dictionary of the Holy Bible (1769) that Brown enjoyed greatest recognition as an author" and his Self-Interpreting Bible "remained in print until the twentieth century, in much revised form. A very large Folio of 1814 with stunning Illustrations throughout;  six raised bands to the spine with gilt lettering and gilt designs covering the binding., a most beautiful original Bible and  Rare to survive..

John Brown was born at Carpow in the parish of Abernethy, in Perthshire , Scotland, the son of a self-educated weaver and river-fisherman, also called John Brown. His own formal education was scant, but it awakened his desire for learning. Both of his parents died when he was about twelve, and he had to support himself by work as a shepherd. After a teenage marked by ill health and religiosity he had a Christian conversion, which he later described in a letter correspondence  "But thanks be to God, He passed by me, and looked upon me, and said unto me, 'LIVE'".

Induced by his fervent desire for learning, he taught himself Greek, Latin and Hebrew by comparing texts and scripts. In 1738, after hearing that the Greek New Testament was available in a bookshop, he left his sheep with a friend and walked the 24 miles to St. Andrews to buy a copy. There were several professors of Greek in the bookshop. As they watch this ragged shepherd boy gingerly handle the book, one of them, Francis Pringle, challenged him to read it, saying that he would buy it for him if he could do so. That afternoon he returned with his gift to resume his shepherding duties. But his learning led to controversy among the members of the Secession Church which he belonged to, as some asserted that he got his learning from the Devil. Only with difficulty was he able to free himself of this charge.

The next few years saw him work as a pedlar and a schoolmaster, with an interlude as a volunteer soldier in defence against the Jacobites in the Forthy-Five rebellion. He volunteered with his best friend Tim Knab, a loyalist to the anti-Jacoban cause.

Following division in the Secession Church there was a need for preachers in the Burgher branch, and Brown was the first new divinity student. He was ordained as a minister at Haddington, East Lothian, , on 4 July 1751, and that was his home for the rest of his life. He gained a just reputation for learning and piety.

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