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What To Do With Old Bible

Hi, I am just wondering what people do with old Bibles. I have one that is all fallen apart, and have replaced it, but I am unsure of what to do with the old one. Throwing it away just won't happen, but leaving it on a shelf to get dusty seems wrong too.

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 ---bethie on 9/11/06
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Jeff - I would probably take the old Bible to a book-binder and let them do the job professionally.
---Helen_5378 on 9/25/06

HI. I have an ancient Bible that is in desperate need of repair. The covers are splitting from the body & I am seeking to discover how to Tape them to gether in a way that will both last and look okay. Anybody got the know-how?
---Jeff on 9/25/06

The Bible itself, that is the paper and printed words in it, are only a book as such. So you can do what you want with it... keep it for sentiment, which I would probably do, or throw it out. God's Word itself is holy, but not the actual book.
---Helen_5378 on 9/14/06

before you go2 throw away those tattered old bibles, think about what our forefathers went thru just 2get us the word/of God. when one/page in/my old/one come/off, I/keep somewhere safe and never throw out. Even just ink.n paper. church gather all old bibles that cant be used again, and place under the floorboard of old church back home. This wedo.2 all our tattered furniture.2. Nothing is/ever discarded carelessly but returned 2place under the floor in His sanctuary for/they were dedicated 2Him.
---jana on 9/14/06

Dory Lory I agree. If a bible has been well used and has taught the owner what it was intended to teach, it has served the purpose for which it was made. If it is so well worn that no-one else could use it the only reason for keeping it would be sentiment. I see no wrong in discarding an old bible in these circumstances. I know that others will disagree because some revere the actual book and will not even let anything be placed upon one. I respect their feelings if they believe that is important to them.
---M.P. on 9/14/06

I always keep my old Bible for several years so that I can refer back to my notes. After that, since it's always too tattered to pass on, I throw it out because the words written in it are "holy" but the paper and ink are not. They are simply paper and ink.
---DoryLory on 9/13/06

I agree, keep your old Bible in a box. It's special to you, probably full of notes. If you're giving out the Word, let it be new. New, fresh and alive.
---Raine on 9/12/06

Bruce ...# 2 Most of the books delivered to me for Book Aid are in useable condition. Occasionally old Bibles come (KJV usually!!) which are in poor condition. Because of their age, some may be quite valuable and worth repairing. Other books arrive in poor condition, but they may be historical, or have a specialised topic, and again may be worthwhile repairing.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/12/06

Bruce ...# 1 I understand what you say about the quality of donated goods. I work for a fund raising shop on behalf of our local Hospice. The things that people give ... chipped china,, broken woodware, defunct electrical items. We are used as a rubbish tip! (But by some only, most give good quality goods)
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/12/06

My sincerest apologies if something I said indicated I was trashing (the N.A. equivalent to rubbishing) Book Aid. Nothing could be further from the truth.

My question is very sincere. If you go to a rummage sale where things have been donated for sale you can soon see that some people's idea of a "donation" are things that are beyond repair or otherwise of no use to anyone.
---Bruce5656 on 9/12/06

I assumed there would be books, bibles or otherwise, that fall into that category being donated and was wondering where they draw the line as to what is redistributable or not.
---Bruce5656 on 9/12/06

Bruce I don't think you are trying to rubbish Book Aid, but you do give the impression that you are hostile, when really you do not understand it.
I do not know how they assess whether a Bible is worth repairing. But you may not appreciate that in the UK, there is a huge amount of voluntary work undertaken without any pay, and MP has given some insight to this.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/12/06

Thank you all for the responses, no John I don't think its weird at all, I think its kinda cool. I love the idea of giving it to a Women's shelter, but mine is just too fallen apart, plus it has all my notes written in the sides. It looks very used, so I think I will put it in a box and put it away for now. Again thanks.
---bethie on 9/12/06

Bruce, what I was told, by our local collector, is that they have volunteers who repair them. I have never been given the impression that they spend lots of money doing this. That is why I said that it would depend on the condition. Isn't it sad though that we feel that some of ours are beyond use, yet in some countries Christians are happy to own a few pages of a bible and will hand copy them to give to others.
---M.P. on 9/12/06

This might sound weird but we had an old Bible like yours and our church building is built upon it. We had a nice little prayer meeting and dedicated the church building to the Word of the Lord. Maybe you can do something like that with a new house or some other building. Just an idea.
---john on 9/12/06

I have two bibles that they are coming apart i have put them away i would not dare throw them away that is Gods word and i just couldn't do it
---Betty on 9/12/06

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I love to look at old bibles falling apart. They speak of much study and probably tears and prayers too. My own bible is beginning to show signs of use. I love it.
---shira_9639 on 9/11/06

That is very interesting. Perhaps you could tell us what standard is used to determine if a book is beyond repair and not to be passed on? What is done with the books that are beyond repair?
---Bruce5656 on 9/11/06

The question was about a bible that is "falling apart."
I can understand keeping a bible for sentimental reasons like Dottie said. Rebinding? That would depend on the original cost of the bible. Did it cost 5.00 or 80.00? Why would you pay to rebind a 5.00 bible? If an organization like Book Aid spends more on the rebinding of a book (bible or otherwise) than what it would cost to replace it is exercising poor stewardship.
---Bruce5656 on 9/11/06

As for giving someone a bible that is falling apart, I think that if you want to give someone a bible you could do better than giving them a bible that is falling apart.
If you know someone who needs a bible, there are places where they can be had for very little $$ as mentioned by AlwaysOn for free. Any member of the Gideons would be pleased to provide one.
---Bruce5656 on 9/11/06

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Following M.P.'s advice, please note there is a secular Book Aid organisation, which come up first on your enquiry listings
When you do your web search, type in "BOOK AID CHRISTIAN" and this will take you to the right site.
I am the local collection point for Bibles and Christian books in my area, and every so often a large van calls to fill up wuitht the books I have collected.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/11/06

I had my grandmothers old bible from 1925 and it was tearing apart. I handed it down to my daughter and she is going to have it preserved in an acid free box. I also have the bible my sunday school teacher gave me in 1954. He is now dying in a town 45 miles away.
---shira_9639 on 9/11/06

Donna9759, That is a very good idea!
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/11/06

I donate mine to the Women's Abuse Center near my house. I also give them all of my books too. They said they appreciate them.
---Donna9759 on 9/11/06

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Look up BOOK AID on Google. They collect books to to be sent to English speaking counties to help literacy. They are keen to get Christian books and bibles. They repair damaged books when possible so if you explain to them how badly damaged your bible is they would let you know if they could take it.
---M.P. on 9/11/06

My Mom has kept her late Dad's Old Bible, and it's tearing apart too! I would just put it away, definitely don't throw it away, or go to a shop that knows how to mend it, if you can afford that. I use to work at a Library and they often mended books, maybe you can ask your local Library for help or instructions? --Mrs. Morgan
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/11/06

bethie, I have an old Bible that was my mothers and it is a treasured addition to my home. It was falling apart before I got it, but it was her's before she died and now it's mine. I know that she read it and got strength from it, as you probably got from your old Bible. Think of it as an old cherished friend and give it a place of honor. God's word never gets old.
---Dottie on 9/11/06

Sacred objects that are beyond repair are usually reverently burned.
You could also find or make an appropriate box to put this in and retire it.
---Jack on 9/11/06

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Bethie, donate it or give it to someone you know.
I got about 70 from a LeSea donation and gave them away at an event for single mothers. Also, visited a church in Kenya once and took a spare with me. God sat me next to a man who didn't have one, so I gave it to him. He tried to give it back after service and was overjoyed when I told him to keep it. I try to keep one or two spare ones that they sell at the .99 cent store in my car to give to people on the streets too. Great for ministry!
---AlwaysOn on 9/11/06

I give mine to the thrift stores.
---eliza4969 on 9/11/06

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