The ‘Wicked Bible’

On January 17, 2011 – The Cambridge University (Britain) opened an unseen section of its library archives to the public to display a collection of rare copies of Chritian Bible. The star-attraction was a copy of 1631 addition of the King James Bible in which the word “not” was accidentally omitted from the commandments, ‘Thou shalt commit adultery’, earning its printers a public rebuke from the Archbishop of Canterbury. The books were mostly destroyed and only a handful of copies survive.

The Cambridge University exhibition – ‘Great and Manifold Blessings: The Making of the King James Bible’ – will last for the next five months.

The King James Bible was created during the reign of James I by a team of scholars from Cambridge, Oxford and Westminster.

Other Bibles on display include the Gutenberg Bible of 1455, which is the first printed Bible, Henry VIII’s enormous Great Bible and an ancient 11th century psalter.

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