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Tuesday, April 08, 2008
The Great Bible Discovery
Over the last few years, with the help of Amazon & Ebay, I've been slowly collecting 'The Great Bible Discovery' series of books, (originally published as Découvrir la Bible in 1983). There were 24 volumes in total, 18 books covering the Old Testament and 6 books covering the New. OM Publishing reprinted the whole of the New Testament as a combined book in 1999, but have no plans to reprint the Old Testament.
This collection of books contain some very good Bible figure reference, and they've proved extremely helpful over the years. One of my favorite artists, who worked on this series of books, is 'Paolo Eleuteri-Serpieri'. He has illustrated stories in books 1, 7, 8 and 19.
I was wondering if there was anyone out there who can help me to complete the set. There are six of the Old Testament stories that I still don't have. They are:
10. Elijah & Elisha.
11. Amos and the Righteousness of God.
15. Daniel, Ruth, Esther.
17. Jonah, Job, Ecclesiastes.
18. Pharisees Sadducees and Essenes.
If anyone has any of the above titles for sale, please email me!
Check out your church libraries, you might have a set gathering dust in the corner! The Old Testament books have red covers and the New Testament have blue, (see picture above).
Many thanks for your help!
Check out 'The Great Bible Discovery Update'
I now have the full set thanks to Stefan Koelewijn in the Netherlands!
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I think these books were originally printed in French.
I would be happy to get hold of the copies I need in any language.
Hi! Just like you, I have been looking (before the advent of Internet) and waiting for almost ten 10 years now for just one last book (Number 9 Solomon's) to complete my collection. I may be able to help you complete the other books . Got them nearly all of them here in the Phils.
I would be very interested if you could locate them for me! I'll try and find #9 for you.
Let me know a price when you can.
Update 13 Sept 08
I now only need #10, #11 and #18.
Update 24th Oct 08
I now only only need #10 and #18.
I've had no reply from the reader above so I've continued to collect them via internet bookshops.
If you have numbers 10 or 18, and would like to sell them, please get in touch.
Update 15 Dec 08
After waiting for 3 months I was finally refunded my payment yesterday from a supplier in Australia who had already sold the copy that I had bought to someone else!
So I'm back to needing #10, #13 and #18 to complete my set.
These are proving hard to find!
I have a complete set in brand new condition. What is it worth?
I've paid over £30 for one! It's hard to know whether you would get more selling them individually than you would selling the whole set together.
Sorry Don I didn't fully answer your question:
There are 24 in the set which sold originally in the U.K. for £2.99 each. On average I've paid around £6 each for most of the ones I have. So I would say that for the full set around £150 (or $221) would be a fair price. You could make considerably more though selling them individually through Ebay or Amazon!
Let us know what you decide to do.
I need to get 4 OT books and 4 NT books. Is it easier to get the NT books and is there anywhere in particular I should look to purchase them?
I've gotten quite a few of them from Amazon. I've not found anywhere who specializes in selling them, although one supplier in the Philippines did claim to stock the whole set but they would not post to the U.K!
I have an extra copy of #5 (Into the Promised Land) if you need it?
Yes it is easier to get the NT ones, only because they have republished them all in one book which is still available. Title 'The Discovery Bible' by OM Publishing.
The print quality is not as good as the original individual ones though.
Thanks to Stefan Koelewijn from the Netherlands I now have the full 24 volume set!
Stefan very kindly broke up his full set to help me complete mine! At the time of writing this update (6th May 2009) Stefan still has 19 copies for sale. They include numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21. 23 and 24.
If you need any of the above copies, email me!
Stefan has now sold his remaining copies to a lucky reader in Singapore!
So frustrating I bought a few of these years ago when I saw them at a second hand shop. I should have bought them all!! I don't have any of the new but quite a few of the old. We are looking for 1,2,3,12,14,15,16,17,18. Any help appreciated.
I have here 2 copies of #8 old testament and #19 of new testament bought from a friend,those who interested pls email me at email@example.com.
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