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Gold Rush – Allan style

August 10th, 2012 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image After seeing Usain Bolt's magnficent sprint double triumph at the London Olympics we can understand better what Paul may have felt when he wrote  "I have finished the course with joy!"   The London Olympics have enraptured audiences as never before and the fastest man on earth has given much pleasure to sports fans around the world. In the year ahead R L Allan have much to be joyful about too. Our Diamond Jubileee Longprimer Bible will soon be unveiled celebrating 60 years of this beautiful KJV setting. ( watch the website for this gray and silver volume). And in 2013 we'll be celebrating 150 years since Robert Lightbody Allan

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Diamond Jubilee for Longprimer Bible

March 13th, 2012 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image I guess most folks will know that Britain's Queen Elizabeth will celebrate her 60 years as Head of State in June this year. Her Diamond Jubilee will bring joy to a lot of people around the world and an excuse for a party or two. My son will get married in London on the same day that the Queen will be riding in her special barge on the River Thames a bouquet's throw away. R.L. Allan will also be celebrating 60 years since the beloved KJV Longprimer Bible was first published in 1952 by both Oxford and Allan. Its beautiful setting was

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So What’s New?

February 20th, 2012 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image When I first published the British edition of  the New King James Version way back in 1984 under the venerable Samuel Bagster imprint, we struggled to come up with the right British name for this fresh revision of the AV Bible.  How could you simply add New onto the KJV ?  So we decided on the 'Revised Authorised Version' ... and it sank like a stone. Fact was that New King James Version filled the bill nicely and it has gone from strength to strength ever since. So I'm delighted that Thomas Nelson have now given their blessing for R L

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A Bible Fit for a Queen

November 22nd, 2011 | By Nicholas Gray | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image On Wednesday 16th November I was in Westminster Abbey, London, for a national celebration of  the 400th anniversary of the KJV Bible. Queen Elizabeth, The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles were sttting 20 row in front of me. She had a very white hat but that is about as much as I saw of Her Majesty!  There were 2000 worshippers in the Abbey and the singing was magnificent. As Allan customers will know, we are the Queen's Bible Publisher for Scotland. Four valuable and beautiful first editions of the 1611 Bible were processed to the high altar along with a modern 'People's

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4oo Cheers for Cambridge

September 2nd, 2011 | By Nicholas Gray | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image I'm struck , in this 400th anniversary year of the birth of the King James Bible, how much Cambridge University Press have been doing to fly the KJV flag around the world. They have an honourable history of publishing and printing this most majestic of English versions. Indeed some KJV enthusiasts swear ( under their breath of course!) by the  'Pure Cambridge Edition' - whatever that may be. However, historically, the source of all modern KJV Bibles is the Blayney revision of 1769,  published by Oxford University Press. This is the settled text which the American Bible Society adopted and which

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The King and I

June 30th, 2011 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image  King James VI ( of Scotland) and I (of England) was born in a room next to where this famous oil painting of the King now hangs at Edinburgh Castle. His mother was Mary Queen of Scots, whom her cousin Elizabeth of England  later beheaded for alleged treason. A  few feet away are the Scottish crown jewels arrayed in all their regal spendour and guarded by stern men in kilts.
I was at a reception there last weekend to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the KJV Bible when the great and the good of Scottish society (apart from me) gathered to

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Small World

May 5th, 2011 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image You watch the news on TV or read it in the press. You view with horror the tsunami and earthquakes in Japan and the devastation they cause. You feel deeply for the people whose lives have been affected. And then you move on... to the next bit of bad news.  Then it catches up with you. Turns out that the unique India paper for the wide margin Bible that you had planned to print in Holland from the French paper supplier is to be made in their Japanese  mill. And suddenly that earthquake is affecting R.L.Allan  in ways no-one had imagined. It's a very small world and

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The Unchanging Word of God?

March 2nd, 2011 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image Is the Bible the unchanging Word of God? There is a fierce debate about the text of particular Bible versions. It took over 150 years for the KJV Bible to settle into a fixed form and even now readers seek the 'Pure Cambridge Edition', the supposedly authorized, authorized version from the mists of time around 1900.  Those of us who also publish Oxford settings are not too delighted with that notion! It worries me that the Bible text changes. In the pre-digital age of the 1970s to 90s, modern Bible translations were quietly updated every seven years or so. No fuss was made about

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Meet Robert Allan

January 25th, 2011 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
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Robert Allan, company founder, circa 1860. This is a hand-painted photo of the company founder and Bible publisher Robert Allan. It was taken around the time that R.L.Allan & Son was first  established in 1863. He used such photographs as visiting cards, as was the custom at the time.
As well as Bibles, Mr Allan published the works of John Nelson Darby, the Father of Dispensationalism, and other Victorian religious writers. Darby produced his own Bible translation in the late 19th Century which is still in print today, but not available  from Allan's.
In the photo it looks as if Mr Allan

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Sorry!

January 12th, 2011 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image In mid November some parcels purporting to contain cartridge ink were sent in planes from Yemen to the USA. Instead of harmless cartridge ink, they concealed explosives. One of these parcels bound for the USA turned up on aircraft in Scotland. Fortunately, none exploded and no-one has been hurt. Ever since, airports in the USA and Europe have been on high alert for other terrorist bombs concealed in planes. As a result the US Department of Homeland Security required that every incoming parcel over one pound in weight be indiviually screened for explosives. As a result, it's caused huge disruption to

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