It’s one of those books that’s not read enough. Well, it’s a lot more important than those other books that aren’t read enough. Last week I visited a place in Provo called the Crandall Printing Museum as part of one of my classes at school (Brigham Young University). The museum was nice–it kind of felt like a little home when I walked in. I signed in and sat down for the tour infront of a recreated Gutenberg press.
It was pretty cool. It turns out the idea is a bit more complicated than I had thought before. Once you see the idea of movable type, it’s pretty basic, but I learned that the process of creating those little characters and the ink and all the other things for the press to work was actually very complex. Gutenberg came up with a mixture of metal that actually expands a slight bit as it cools. (Most metals shrink.) This a some other things gave me a new appreciation for Gutenberg’s invention. I always knew it was a great invention and had changed the world, but now that I know a bit more about the science that went into it, I have a greater appreciation for the press.
So what’s this have to do with the Bible? Well, as you probably already know, that’s one of the first things Gutenberg printed. I’ve been reading the New Testament for my religion class at BYU and as I sat through the presentation at the printing museum, I thought about how lucky we all are to have such easy access to the Bible. You don’t have to be wealthy enough to pay someone to write out a copy for you. (I think I’d give up in the Old Testament somewhere as I copied it….)
So if you don’t have one, here are some places to get reading:
Project Gutenberg: King James Version of the Bible – Seemed appropriate–get an ebook of the Bible from Project Gutenberg (free ebook library named after Gutenberg)
The Scriptures: Internet Edition – This is where I go when I don’t have a hard copy on me
Get a free copy of the King James Version of the Bible – Scroll down a bit, it’s on the right side.