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“The Bible says somewhere that we are desperately selfish. I think we would have discovered that fact without the Bible.”

Abraham Lincoln. A Treasury of Lincoln Quotations by Fred Kerner, 1965.


The Bible was written by degrees during a period of 1600 years. It was anciently called “The Books,” or “The Divine Library,” but by common consent, for the past 700 years it has been called the Bible.

Curious Questions by Sara H. Killikelly, 1889.

Three Kings of Cologne

A name given to the three magi who visited the infant Saviour. Their names are commonly said to be Jaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar; but one tradition gives them as Apellius, Amerus, Damascus; another as Magalath, Galgalath, Sarasin; and still another as Ator, Sator, Peratoras.

A Dictionary of the Noted Names in Fiction by William A. Wheeler, 1865.

Wicked Bible

The name given to an edition of the Scriptures, printed in London in 1631, in which the word not was accidentally omitted from Exodus, causing the verse to read, “Thou shall commit adultery.”

5000 Facts and Fancies by William Henry P. Phyfe, 1901.

Murderers’ Bible

A term popularly applied to a version of the Scriptures, published in 1801. It derived its name from an error in Jude, 16, where the word “murmurers” is rendered “murderers.”

5000 Facts and Fancies by William Henry P. Phyfe, 1901.

Bel and the Dragon

An apocryphal book of the Old Testament, orignally appended to the book of Daniel… Its aim is to render idolatry ridiculous. The Protestants generally reject it as spurious.

5000 Facts and Fancies by William Henry P. Phyfe, 1901.

Aaron’s Breastplate

A vestment worn by Aaron, the first high priest of Israel. It was set with twelve stones in four rows: sardius, topaz and carbuncle; emerald, sapphire and diamond; jacinth, agate, and amethyst; beryl, onyx and jasper; one stone for each of the names of the son of Jacob, engraved with their respective names and all held in place with a filigree of gold.

Whose What? by Dorothy Rose Blumberg, 1969.