Offered for display to the discerning collector is an original leaf from the very first folio edition of the famous historic 1611 King James’ Bible containing 1 Samuel 13:1-14:18 and unusually illuminated in gold. The information contained in this 3,000 year old biblical incident was directly responsible for the final defeat of the Turkish Army in Palestine by General  Allenby on 15 February 1918. This year is the 100th anniversary of that major victory. Accompanying the gold illuminated leaf is a fine art reproductions of its general title page and historic map and a signed Certificate of Authenticity. 




1. An original gold illuminated leaf from the 1611 first edition King James' Bible [H 309] - 1 Samuel 13:1-14:18. Both large initials on the leaf, front and back, are illuminated in gold. NOTE: We have been saving this particular leaf in anticipation of the 100th anniversay of this remarkable battle that took place not far from Jeruslaem. There is only one 1611 first edition KJV Bible leaf left in stock of this passage of scripture. We do, however, have leaves of the same text from later editions all at lower prices. Send us an email requesting the details of these other Bibles. But the 1611 1st edition leaf of 1 Samuel 13-14 is the most sought after leaf of this text to be had. 

2. A fine art reproduction of the 1611 first edition King James' Bible title page

3. A fine art reproduction portrait of King James I

4. A fine art reproduction of the Speed map found in the 1611 1st edition Bible

5. Reference material from Herbert (H): HISTORICAL CATALOGUE OF PRINTED EDITIONS OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE 1525-1961 by A.S. Herbert. Herbert Catalogue is the standard reference work for printed English Bibles. 


When Joshua [4:5-7] led the children of Israel into the Land of Promise he commanded memorial stones be erected so that their children would someday be provoked to ask the question “what mean ye by these stones?" Giving the parents the profound privilege to share God's saving and sustaining grace during forty years wandering in the wilderness. It was a reminder of God’s continuing tender care for His children. Our prayer is that these ancient memorials of God’s Word upon the walls of your homes, businesses and places of worship might provoke your children and friends to ask “where did we get our Bible from?”


In the same way that Moses [Deut. 11:18-21] commanded the Law to be placed on the door posts of every home, so we too, encourage believers to place upon the walls of their homes, businesses and churches the venerated Word of God, select leaves from ancient Bibles - as the Psalmist sang they are "...finer than gold and sweeter than honey." Provoke your family and friends to remember and appreciate God’s inspired, infallible, immutable and most Holy Word by displaying a memorial leaf to God's amazing grace. It is Our Mission at Biblical Heritage Collection Archives to make available to every Christian home and church a reminder of God's supernatural care and preservation of His Holy Word. 


May we suggest this particular Biblical Archives offer would make an awesome gift for a soldier serving their country. With Vaentines Day fast approcahing there could be no more historic gift to shared than unusal heirloom. Mount the leaf on the wall of your home or business as a testimony to the saving and sustaining power of the Word of God. 

GENERAL ALLENBY'S VICTORY - 100th Aniversay 15 February 1918

  • The official Israeli Medal Citation might have read: General Jonathan Benjamite, while under the cover of darkness and with only his aide-de-camp at his side, discovered an unknown passage through a hazardously steep valley and despite the potential danger to himself led his ADC up the side of the mountain where they engaged and destroyed a squadron of enemy infantry, obviously positioned to protect the flank of the 3rd Battalion of the enemy which was encamped in and around the village of Michmash. The engagement with the enemy was so unusually noisy that it led to the entire battalion abandoning its position on the high ground thinking it had been discovered and surrounded by the Israeli Army. The action and resolve shown in the line of duty and under adverse conditions contributed to the complete route of the enemy force which no doubt resulted in the potential reduction in the loss of life.


    And so goes the ancient saga as recorded around the year 1050 BC by the Prophet Samuel in the 13-14th chapters of his first history of the nation of Israel concerning Jonathan, the son of Saul, King of Israel.


    The prophet quotes the General as having said to his ADC, “It may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.” Whereupon the ADC answered, “I am with thee according to thy heart.” 


    Challenging words for any ADC to hear and comforting words to the heart of any general. Both were committed to the task with the same purpose of mind and heart, all to the glory of God. Is there a soldier somewhere tonight facing overwhelming odds on a far away battle field who needs to hear “It may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.” And is there an officer carrying the responsibility of the safety of his/her troops who needs to be comforted with, “I am with thee according to thy heart.”


    One hundred years ago this coming 14 February 2018, Major Vivian Gilbert was told to prepare his troops for battle the following morning. All were to get a good night’s sleep before engaging the enemy in a frontal assault. Yet the Major couldn’t sleep. He had remembered something he had read sometime previous and couldn’t get it out of his mind and finally in the wee hours of the morning, by candlelight, found what he had been searching for. He immediately awakened his commanding officer and together they read the passage and agreed it was worth a look. Sending a small scouting party into the dark valley below Michmash they discovered the long forgotten passage and by the break of day the small unit of Turkish soldiers left to guard the flank of the Turkish Army was over powered and in the confusion, thinking they had been discovered and surrounded by General Allenby’s Army, were that day, 15 February 1918 put to flight from their advantaged position on the high ground at Michmash, Palestine. The war was over!!!


    So they say, "You can't really trust the Bible. Its been copied and recopied so many times its not the same as the original." Hmmm... even after 3,000 years God is still speaking. Are you listening? And Jonathan said, “It may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.” Are you facing overwhelming odds in your life? Then the smart thing to do is to look for the answer in God’s unchanging Word. Listen close! “The LORD will work for us.” What does the evidence say about the reliability of the Bible?


    MICHMASH, now Mukmas, reaches 1990 ft. above the Mediterranean Sea and is only seven miles north of Jerusalem. Even though the city of Jerusalem was surrounded by those who wished to destroy her inhabitants but now as then, God always has the last word.


    Is the Bible historically accurate? Can you really trust it? Has the Bible been corrupted? See one of the oldest Hebrew manuscripts of the Old Testament in the world at the Museum of The Book. Book a visit now!


    This story from 1 Sam. 13-14 can be yours with an original 1611 King James’ Bible leaf. It would make a wonderful gospel tract to an unbelieving relative or friend or a gift of appreciation to a pastor, Sunday school teacher or faith mentor. Even better, it would make a wonderful keepsake any soldier in harms way. See 


    Included in this rare offer is 1) an archival reproduction of the Bible’s title page 2) an archival reproduction of King James 3) an archival reproduction of the original Speed map found in the 1611 KJV Bible 4) a copy of the above commentary 5) a short history of the King James' Bible and finally 5) a certificate of authenticity from Biblical Heritage Collection Archives, a 65 year old ministry proclaiming the Authenticity, Accuracy and Authority of the Word of God. All historical documents offered for sale by BHCA are conserved in museum quality archival materials.




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