Timeless Treasures

by Craig Casterline January. 19, 2021 700 views

We recently stayed at a rental home in China while on vacation. The house was filled with interesting decor and items, among them two King James Version Bibles from the 19th century. Being an English teacher and a lover of old books (especially old Bibles) I carefully examined them for dates but only found a handwritten inscription with the date 1878. Both were leather bound, but one of them had metal plates in the binding as well.

The deep pleasure I took in examining these Bibles and in setting up the shot got me to thinking. In this modern era, we so value the latest and newest technologies and are quick to discard the old. But sometimes, in our haste to get on to the next thing, we overlook the value of the old and overestimate the progress of the new — just consider the recent resurgence of vinyl. So it is with our current era in which in our haste to make progress, we forget the foundational truths that formed us and brought us to this time and place.

I think 2020 has revealed how tenuous life can be and how — even with all the technological and scientific advancements we have — we are still unable to fully control our situations. I hope that as we begin move past (I pray) the pandemic and life resumes some semblance of normality (please) that we not forget some of the lessons we have learned about the importance of being physically present with people and the necessity of socialization for our emotional health. Relying on technology for virtual communication does not satisfy the desires of the heart for connection with others.

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Camellia Staab 5 months ago

Amen to your last paragraph, let's hope we have learned something from this pandemic. Really like photo#1 I can almost feel the texture of the covers. Very nice close up shot.

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Craig Casterline Replied to Camellia Staab 5 months ago

Thank you for your kind words. That shot is a new favorite of mine.

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Antonio Gil 5 months ago

Love the textures and so agree with your text. Well done Craig

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Craig Casterline Replied to Antonio Gil 5 months ago

Thank you, Antonio.

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Berckmans Peter 5 months ago

Nice post, I also love old things. Some are made to last and have a great design. Nice photos

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Benny Law 5 months ago

👍👍 Two thumbs up!! Great images and commentary. I love the Bible. I enjoy it every day. I have an old worn out Bible that was given to me as a gift 40 years ago and it's one of my treasures.

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Craig Casterline Replied to Benny Law 5 months ago

I really appreciate the encouragement, Benny. I am really enjoying the format of this site (compared to Instagram) and the opportunity it affords for commentary. It feels more personal.

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Benny Law Replied to Craig Casterline 5 months ago

That's precisely why I choose this platform too. It's more of a small community of people who don't just care about getting lots of likes but appreciate the interaction on a more personal level. I have tried 500px and Flickr but they don't offer what this site offers.

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Chuck Staruch 5 months ago

Beautiful Images of the Holy Bible.

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Craig Casterline Replied to Chuck Staruch 5 months ago

Thank you.

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