Africa Bible Translation

Printing Bibles

When we lived in Kouya land we had some interesting times trying to print out Scripture portions when we had no mains electricity. I recall printing twelve copies of Matthew’s Gospel on our dot-matrix printer (remember them) by almost driving the car into the office and then, with the engine running, connecting the car battery up to our solar panel set up to give enough juice to keep things running. The dot matrix printer finally gave up the ghost when a family of mice made their home in it and ate all of the wires.

That all sounds rather primitive fifteen years on, but this wonderful BBC production reminds us how the Bible and the printing industry have been closely linked since the invention of moveable type.

There are a whole series of short videos to watch: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.


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