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Aitken's BIBLE ENDORSED BY CONGRESS
www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel04.html ^ | September 12, 1782 | David C. Claypoole, 1782, the Journals of Congress, page 468 - 469

Posted on 05/20/2011 2:28:20 AM PDT by Yosemitest



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: americanbible; robertaitken
Additional information can be found at We need to reprint this great piece of our history and give it to the public again, with the appropriate page below.

1 posted on 05/20/2011 2:28:26 AM PDT by Yosemitest
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To: Yosemitest

Check the date in the first sentence when Congress instructed the committee of commerce to buy the Bibles ... Sept. 11.


2 posted on 05/20/2011 2:33:10 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: DocRock

Spooky, isn’t it?


3 posted on 05/20/2011 2:35:47 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: Yosemitest

Somewhere I read on the library of Congress web site this was one of the first acts of Congress. Heading to work right now and don’t have time to search, but I’ve printed it before and used it as a teaching tool. I use this LOC exhibit a lot when teaching Sunday school.


4 posted on 05/20/2011 2:44:23 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: DocRock

Please post a link or a photo of that act if you find it.


5 posted on 05/20/2011 2:52:56 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: Yosemitest

BFL

So I find this post really interesting and do a google on Aitken Bible and I find this:

“The Continental-Confederation Congress, a legislative body that governed the United States from 1774 to 1789, contained an extraordinary number of deeply religious men. The amount of energy that Congress invested in encouraging the practice of religion in the new nation exceeded that expended by any subsequent American national government. Although the Articles of Confederation did not officially authorize Congress to concern itself with religion, the citizenry did not object to such activities. This lack of objection suggests that both the legislators and the public considered it appropriate for the national government to promote a nondenominational, nonpolemical Christianity.”

This is from the Library of Congress.

For those who don’t know, “polemical” means controversial. Does anyone in their right mind believe that the public considered only “nonpolemical” Christianity to be acceptable? Note that we just finished a war against the Government and Church of England! Our brands of Christianity were so polemical, 1000’s of people died for them.


6 posted on 05/20/2011 2:54:58 AM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi (Moutaineers are Always Free)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

Thanks for the info.


7 posted on 05/20/2011 2:57:17 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: Yosemitest; The Ignorant Fisherman

great thread!


8 posted on 05/20/2011 3:09:48 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: Yosemitest

I have always wanted a copy of this Bible, particularly since I do Rev War reenactments, but it is expensive. Hopefully someone will publish a more affordable version.


9 posted on 05/20/2011 4:38:28 AM PDT by sueuprising (The best of it is, God is with us-John Wesley)
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To: sueuprising
I'd like to have a copy with the commemorative and the historical pages, too.
You'd think that some company would want to sell us some copies.
They'd make great gifts, as well as school text books.
Think how many churches would like to buy copies of this historical Bible.
10 posted on 05/20/2011 4:54:39 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: Yosemitest

“I’d like to have a copy with the commemorative and the historical pages, too.”
Do you know who owns the copyright to this version? If I knew who was publishing it now, I would write to them with a suggestion for a more affordable version. It would sell amazingly well- I just know it.


11 posted on 05/20/2011 5:00:32 AM PDT by sueuprising (The best of it is, God is with us-John Wesley)
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To: sueuprising
Wouldn't the original copyright have expired by now?

Sad that COngress went from approving(not paying for) the printing of Bibles to today's accomadations of every non-Christian book available.

12 posted on 05/20/2011 5:50:19 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: sueuprising
No, I don't.
I'd guess that a book that old, would no longer be under copyright.
But I don't know.

I did find this bit of information, while searching for the copyright.


13 posted on 05/20/2011 6:07:50 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: Yosemitest; sueuprising

The Holy Bible : containing the Old and New Covenant, commonly called the Old and New Testament (1808)

Volume: 1
http://www.archive.org/details/holybiblecontain01thom

Volume: 2
http://www.archive.org/details/holybiblecontain02thom

Volume: 3
http://www.archive.org/details/holybiblecontain03thom

Volume: 4
http://www.archive.org/details/holybiblecontain04thom

Sites contain versions in:

Read Online
PDF
B/W PDF
EPUB
Kindle
Daisy
Full Text
DjVu


14 posted on 05/20/2011 6:16:08 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
Your find is for Jane Aitken, not Robert Aitken, BUT I believe you found the answer to the copyright issue. Thanks.
15 posted on 05/20/2011 6:34:54 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: Yosemitest
Yes, this is not Robert Aitken’s Bible the rather the First American Translation, published by his Daughter Jane.

I hoped it might lead some others to find a similar site for Robert's work.

16 posted on 05/20/2011 6:53:43 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Yosemitest

bookmark


17 posted on 05/20/2011 1:31:09 PM PDT by ansel12 ( JIM DEMINT "I believe [Palins] done more for the Republican Party than anyone since Ronald Reagan")
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi
I also found out that the Aitken 1782 Holy Bible was called by Congress the
Also see http://courses.ischool.berkeley.edu/i182ac/s01/third78.html






18 posted on 05/22/2011 3:25:17 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: thackney
One of the Bibles studied at that time was the Geneva Bible.
Here is an online Geneva Bible 1599 with and without footnotes.
This is worth bookmarking.
19 posted on 05/22/2011 3:46:16 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: sueuprising
Have you seen this?
20 posted on 05/22/2011 3:54:50 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: Yosemitest

Thank you


21 posted on 05/22/2011 5:06:33 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Yosemitest

Have you seen this?

Yes, I have, thanks! The Geneva Bible is the one used in Reformed or Calvinistic churches. What I am looking for is a more affordable copy of the Aitken Bible which as authorized during the American Revolution.


22 posted on 05/22/2011 6:41:55 AM PDT by sueuprising (The best of it is, God is with us-John Wesley)
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To: sueuprising
Keep looking.
Maybe some company that wants to make a profit will get a clue.
23 posted on 05/22/2011 10:21:42 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: sueuprising
Did I point this out?
24 posted on 05/22/2011 11:14:17 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: hoosierham
Would you be interested in this?
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25 posted on 05/24/2011 3:45:27 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: hoosierham
Would you be interested in this?

26 posted on 05/24/2011 3:46:12 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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