The funding for Bibliotheca has nearly doubled in two days.
With three days left, reaching one million is a real possibility. It's certainly a stretch, but that's why they call it a stretch goal!
If we get there:
- I'll be able to add the Deuterocanonical Books (commonly called the Apocrypha) as a fifth volume, to be included with every set ordered. I don't have all the details worked out (whether it will fit in the wood slipcase, whether it will delivered at the same time as the other four or what color it will be). Since the Deuterocanonical Books were not released in the ASV, I will be using the translations from the English Revised Version, of which the ASV is the direct American revision. For those of you unfamiliar with the Deuterocanonical Books, there's a bit more information at the end of this update.
- Also, if we hit the mill-mark, I'll be able to include a traditional book board slipcase with every full set. These would be covered in a nice paper or cloth material. I don't have more details on these either, but I assure you they'll be a nice addition.
More information about the Deuterocanonical Books:
These are ancient Jewish texts that were written (mostly) in Greek. Therefore, they are not considered part of the Hebrew Bible (which makes up the Protestant Old Testament), and they mostly predate the New Testament. They are sometimes referred to as "intertestamental," but are more commonly called Deuterocanonical ("belonging to the second canon"). These texts are invaluable to our knowledge of this period of Jewish history and literature and in understanding the world in which the New Testament authors lived. And, like the rest, it's great reading. There are a wide variety of beliefs regarding this literature. Whatever your beliefs, I agree with Jerome: they deserve to be read.
Here's a list of the titles according to what's included in the English Revised Version:
Tobit, Judith, additions to the Book of Esther, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, The Epistle of Jeremiah, additions to the Book of Daniel (The Song of the Three Holy Children, Susanna, Bel and the Dragon), First Maccabees, Second Maccabees, First Esdras, The Prayer of Manasseh, and Second Esdras.