While many people have been intrigued by the so-called “Devil’s Bible,” it seems another bible has just come to light that could potentially cause more of a ruckus. The “She Bible” was transcribed in 1611 from the popular King James version of the Bible. Unfortunately, this version had a typo that, while caught quickly, still led to copies being circulated.
The typographical error in question?
It occurs in Chapter 3, Verse 15 of the Book of Ruth and reads, “She went into the city,” rather than “He went into the city.” Only a handful of these “She Bibles” have survived. Two exist in Oxford and Cambridge Universities and three more in Salisbury, Exeter, and Durham cathedrals. The latest copy was recently unearthed at St Mary’s Parish Church in Gisburn, England.
The Bible was only discovered last August when the Reverend Anderson Jeremiah and the Reverend Alexander Baker were appointed at St. Mary’s. Rev. Baker was particularly excited about the find.
“It was a really exciting thing to discover – it looks just like something out of Harry Potter. One of the wonderful things about worshipping in a church as old as ours is the sense of history that oozes from its walls and discovering the treasures it has to offer. But we were stunned to discover a treasure as rare as this. We knew as soon as we saw the date of the New Testament it was a significant find.”
Rev. Jeremiah also commented on the Bible discovery, being thrilled at the thought they now had a Bible that was directly linked to a copy from an original King James version of the Bible.
“It’s amazing to think we are able to hold a book printed as the direct result of the command of King James 400 years ago.”
According to BBC News, the Bible has been authenticated by the Blackburn-based Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association after it was discovered in a cupboard at the back of the ancient church. The “She Bible” version of the Bible will be on display at St Mary’s Parish Church in Gisburn this coming Saturday, May 16, 2015.
While pagans and people who believe in matriarchal religions might suggest the typo in the Bible may not be a typographical error at all but a grand theory on how God was really a woman, there is little evidence to suggest it was anything more than an error during transcribing.
[Image credits: Rev. Alexander Baker via BBC News]