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Image of 2010.296 - Oil Lamp

2010.296 - Oil Lamp

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Image of 2010.593 - Oil lamp, c. 2000 BC

2010.593 - Oil lamp, c. 2000 BC

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Image of 06.28 - Limestone Wall Fragment

06.28 - Limestone Wall Fragment

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P9 - Cotton Mather first proposed printing an edition of the Bible in the colonies in 1695. However, because the license to print the Bible was vigorously protected by the British Crown, no printer could be found in the Colonies to undertake the risks associated with such a venture. In fact, no English Bible was printed during the period of British rule. Importation of the Bible from England was cut off during the Revolutionary War, creating an urgent demand for copies. Following the Declaration of Independence, the congressional printer, Robert Aitken of Philadelphia, embarked on the printing of a New Testament that appeared in 1777, and in 1782, with the approval and authority of the Congress of the United States, he published the first Bible in the English language in this country. The congressional mandate, never again granted, reads: "Resolved, That the United States in Congress assembled highly approve the pious and laudable undertaking of Mr. Aitken, as subservient to the interest of religion, as well as an instance of the progress of arts in this country, and being satisfied from the above report of his care and accuracy in the execution of the work they recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States, and hereby authorize him to publish this recommendation in the manner he shall think proper." Unfortunately, even his mandate was not enough to ensure the success of the undertaking, and the publisher suffered financial loss as a result of not being able to compete with the flood of inexpensive Bibles imported from England after the war. Cotton Mather first proposed printing an edition of the Bible in the colonies in 1695. However, because the license to print the Bible was vigorously protected by the British Crown, no printer could be found in the Colonies to undertake the risks associated with such a venture. In fact, no English Bible was printed during the period of British rule. Importation of the Bible from England was cut off during the Revolutionary War, creating an urgent demand for copies. Following the Declaration of Independence, the congressional printer, Robert Aitken of Philadelphia, embarked on the printing of a New Testament that appeared in 1777, and in 1782, with the approval and authority of the Congress of the United States, he published the first Bible in the English language in this country. The congressional mandate, never again granted, reads: "Resolved, That the United States in Congress assembled highly approve the pious and laudable undertaking of Mr. Aitken, as subservient to the interest of religion, as well as an instance of the progress of arts in this country, and being satisfied from the above report of his care and accuracy in the execution of the work they recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States, and hereby authorize him to publish this recommendation in the manner he shall think proper." THE HOLY BIBLE, CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS: NEWLY TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORIGINAL TONGUES; AND WITH THE FORMER TRANSLATIONS DILIGENTLY COMPARED AND REVISED.

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Image of 2010.285 - Bronze Age Bowl

2010.285 - Bronze Age Bowl

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