Manx Bible Bi-Centenary Stamps by Isle of Man Post

16 Jan 2019  Wed

On 29th October 1975 Isle of Man Post issued a set of four stamps marking the Bi-Centenary Manx Bible.

Manx Bible is nothing but translation of the Holy Book of Bible into the Manx language. Manx Gaelic (Gaelg) is the native language of the Isle of Man. It is a Gaelic language related to Irish and Scots Gaelic in the 17th and 18th centuries but with its own orthography closer to English style spelling.

The Bible was translated into Manx by a committee of clergy from the Isle of Man under the direction of Bishop Mark Hildesley. The New Testament appeared in 1767, and the Old Testament in 1772 and the whole Bible as one volume in 1775. The Manx Bible turned 200 in the year 1975 and was the main theme of the Philatelic issue of the year.

The occasion was celebrated with the issuance of four stamps which highlight the important features of the Bible and the process of the translation which are given as follows:
The 5½ Manx penny stamp features the Bible itself
The stamp with 7 Manx penny features Philip Moore – one of the final revisers of the translation and the old Gallaugh Church.
The 11 Manx penny denominated stamp features Bishop Mark Hildesley and Bishop’s church.
The stamp with the denomination of 13 Manx penny features a scene from the bible where John Kelly saves the manuscripts.

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