1611 King James Bible: first edition, first issue, 'he' Bible. Leviticus


This Biblical Archives offer is of ONE leaf from the Premium Leaves List below of original leaves recovered from a 1611 King James Bible, Herbert 309. All leaves are guaranteed to be from the first edition, first issue, otherwise known as the 'he' Bible. They are not from a later look alike edition. All original leaves come with a Certificate of Historicity. Measurements: approx. 16 in. x 10 in. Included in this offer is: 1) a reproduction of the general title page 2) a print of King James I of England 3) a brief history of the King James Bible and 4) a copy of the entry for this Bible from the HISTORICAL CATALOGUE OF PRINTED EDITIONS OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE 1525-1961 by A.S. Herbert. [The Herbert Catalogue is the standard reference work for printed English Bibles. We use the designation 'Herbert' or 'H' followed by the catalogue number, i.e. 'Herbert 309' or 'H309', as is the case with the 1611 KJV Bible, in order to designate the reference number of the Bible leaf on offer.]


All of the above content is shipped from London, just four miles due east from where the 1611 KJV Bible was originally printed All of this ships FREE OF CHARGE


NOTE: We show only one side of a leaf in the picture gallery. Upon request we can provide additional pictures.


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1. Leviticus 1:4b-4:1a: Law of peace offerings; leaven is forbidden in the offering. This is photo #1 in the picture gallery.


2. Leviticus 4:1b-5:9a: Blood, atonement & forgiveness. This is photo #2 in the picture gallery.


3. Leviticus 5:9b-7:8: The burnt offering "The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar it shall never go out". This is photo #3 in the picture gallery.


4. Leviticus 7:7-8:21a: Consecration of priests. This is photo #4 in the picture gallery.


5. Leviticus 10:7b-11:42a: Clean & unclean animals. This is photo #5 in the picture gallery.


6. Leviticus 11:42b-13:34a: God's call for holiness; "Ye shall be holy for I am holy". This is photo #6 in the picture gallery.


7. Leviticus 13:34b-14:23a: "I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of...Egypt...ye shall therefore be holy...". This is photo #7 in the picture gallery.


8. Leviticus 14:23b-15:19a: Cleansing of a house with leprosy "He shall cleanse with the blood and...with running water". This is photo #8 in the picture gallery.


9. Leviticus 18:30-20:15A: "Sanctify yourselves and be ye holy". This is photo #9 in the picture gallery.


10. Leviticus 20:15b-22:13a: The Priest must be without blemish to serve God. This is photo #10 in the picture gallery.


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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 infallible 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 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 Biblical Archives offer would make an awesome gift for one’s pastor, teacher or faith mentor. Use these materials as a teaching or evangelism aide with children, church, school or seminary. Mount the leaves on the walls of your home or business as a testimony to the saving and sustaining power of the Word of God. Give your children hands-on experience developing critical analytical skills using original ancient documents as part of their Home School curriculum. Create a mini-museum of your Biblical Heritage. 

1611 King James Bible - first edition, first issue - 'he' Bible. LEVITICUS.

  • The King James’ Bible is unique in the true sense of that word among the literary endeavours of the world. Yet it represents much more than outstanding literature. The translators knew that they were handling the Word of God and thus did their work carefully and reverently. What they produced has given subsequent generations a rich and unique inheritance. Not only did the Bible speak in English to millions as it never did before, but it was the Bible, which was speaking.  And in that book and that book alone are the words of eternal life and of the Saviour who gives it freely to all who believe in Him.


    The idea of this new translation was first mooted by ]ohn Rainolds or Reynolds (1549-1607), President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, the Puritan leader at the Hampton Court Conference, Jan. 1604. The King took up the proposal warmly, and its achievement was due to his royal interest and influence.


    The preliminary work was accomplished in about four years. We need not construe literally "the twise seuen times seuentie two dayes and more - roughly two years and nine months" - of the preface to the Bible. The translators, who numbered about fifty, were divided into six companies, each company being responsible for a certain section of the Scriptures. Two companies met at Westminster, two at Cambridge, and two at Oxford; and at these centres the directors of the work were Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626), then Dean of Westminster, Edward Lively (1545?-1605), Regius Professor of Hebrew at Cambridge, and ]ohn Harding, Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford (1591-8 and 1604-10).


    The results of their several labours were subjected to mutual criticism, and then underwent nine months’ iinal revision by a representative committee of six members, sitting in London. The editors who passed the book through the press were Miles Smith, afterwards Bishop of Gloucester (d. 1624), and Thomas Bilson (1547-1616), Bishop of Winchester. The latter, perhaps, composed the headings to the chapters. To the former is ascribed the noble preface entitled The Translators to the Reader. The translators were directed to take the rendering of the Bishops’ Bible as their basis, and were advised also to consult the following versions: Tyndale’s, Matthew’s, Coverdale’s, Whitchurch’s (i.e. the Great Bible), and the Geneva. The last exerted very considerable influence on their work; and next to it the Rheims New Testament (1582) - though not mentioned - contributed appreciably to the changes introduced. (The Douay Old Testament [1610] appeared too late to be used.) It is recognised that this Bible, like all the great English versions from 1537 down to 1885, was built on the sure foundations laid for all time by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.


    Besides the Hebrew and Greek originals, reference was made to Tremellius and ]unius, Beza, and earlier Latin versions, including Plantin’s Polyglot edition edited by Benedictus Arias Montanus, and also to the vernacular translations of Spain, France, and Italy. According to Westcott (p. 279), the revision of the New Testament was a simpler work than that of the Old, and may be generally described as a careful correction of the Bishops’ version by the Greek text, with the aid of Beza’s, the Geneva, and the Rheims versions. HERBERT CAT. 1968 pages 130-131.