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The Xeroxed Bible

Updated on December 3, 2017

The Trade

I had a dream the other night. I was looking for a book trading shop so that I could trade one book for another. For whatever reason, I was carrying an old dictionary or thesaurus type book around with me and was looking to turn it in to someone who could use it. You may know this sort of book, a big huge thing. In days past it would have been added weight to your book-bag. It was the big heavy sort of book that children think takes muscles to lift. Those big books are filled with definitions, synonyms, and all sorts of information about the words we use. I found a place that took the book, and was offered a trade.

In exchange for the trade, I got a copy of a library checked out book, an old Bible. Hand written on the cover was the date that it should be returned, and who it should be returned to. Strangely, the name on the cover was not the name of the library it came from, but a person’s name. There was also a not to say it was not to be returned until roughly twenty years from now. The book was made of folded pages. The pages had been created using a copy machine, and were copies of pages from the checked out Bible. The Xeroxed and folded pages had clearly been bound together by hand. Curious, I accepted the trade, and left to find a quiet place to study it.


Handmade Bible
Handmade Bible

Why Xerox A Bible?

The book was styled after an old-fashioned family Bible. The inside cover held a copy of the library card, showing it had only been checked out once. The name on the card was different from the name on the cover. The family listing showed two names, the first was the name on the checkout card; the second was the name on the cover, with a date less than a few years old. I pondered this, wondering what it meant.

A mother had clearly made this little book; the child would have been still too young to do so. The copied pages were carefully selected from the original, probably pages that carried special meaning for her. Those copies were then carefully formed into a book she had rebound herself. Clearly she had no Bible of her own, but had gone to the trouble of creating a special one by checking out a book from the library, copying selected pages, then rebinding it to make it her own. Why?

In the dream, I turned to the back inner cover, and found the mothers name again, this time with two dates listed next to it, one roughly twenty years ago, the other fairly recent. I then dreamed of the meaning implied by the dates written in the book, and theorized in my dream. The mother was clearly young, probably just out of high school when she gave birth to the child this book was for.

I then cried in anguish in my sleep when I realized the meaning of two dates on the back inside cover. The mother had recently died, and her last testament was the message I held in my hands. She intended the book for her child, to tell them who they were. She had given her child up for adoption, and had created this book before checking out. Would the child believe? Would they even understand the message?

I woke, glad that it was only a dream.


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    • FitnezzJim profile image

      FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Thank you for the kind words Epigramman, they are overly generous. Thank you for the visit, and the posting, and the kind words.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Hello my friend and most esteemed colleague - what a thrill it is to meet you and what a wonderful world class writer you are. I am Colin and my cat crew is Tiffy and Gabriel and we are sending you warm wishes to you from lake erie time ontario canada 10:15am

      I dream all of the time (you can probably tell by my writing , lol) and it's REM sleep which is when you're in a deep sleep mode.

      I will post and link your very profound writing here to my FB wall for all to see and read

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      FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Thank you for the interest Dreamsinger. If and when I remember, I'll forward, but, it is mostly forgotten now. I get flashes when I read through this article, but nothing that carries the same weight and impact as when I was actually dreaming. Reading back through it and reinforcing it in the concious might trigger a dreamtime flashback, if such things happen.

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      Erin Bradley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Ooo Jim, intrigued now - maybe if you feel comfortable you could send it on through to me privately - may take some time to get to it as we do this for free, but when I get a minute would be happy to have a look and share any added insight I may get!

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      FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Thank you frog, and thank you Mr. Young.

      Dreamsinger, I didn't tell all of the dream. There was too much to write down when I woke, and strange even that I wrote anything down at all. But, there was also a mini-quest to find someone who knew the mother, and they too advised that the book had been given to me for a purpose.

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      Erin Bradley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      What an absolutely amazingly powerful dream, would be a great outline for a book or a movie plot. Personally I believe that some dreams carry hidden treasure simply waiting to be discovered and that some even require applications......this one is certainly significant and worth digging into deeper! Thanks for sharing!

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      William Young 5 years ago from Eaglle Grove, Iowa

      That's a great story, Jim. I wish I knew my way around the Bible that my wife does. She can find Lamentations in a second, where I have go straight to the table of contents!

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      One heck of a dream jim. Great write.