Date and language: date unknown - English
Translation: This Bible became known
as the John Brown Bible. Here we show a copy that was printed
by John G. Murdoch of Holborn.
1722 - 1787
John Brown was born in 1722 in Carpow, Scotland, named
after his father John Brown, a self-taught weaver and fisherman.
When he was a boy of 12 years old, his parents died and thereafter
he supported himself working as a shepherd boy. His education
was very scant, although he had a lifelong desire to learn.
He taught himself Greek, Latin and Hebrew by comparing texts
and scriptures. In 1738, he heard that a Greek Testament was
available to buy at a bookstore in St. Andrews, approximately
40 km away. He walked all the way there. When he arrived,
there were some Greek Language professors in the store. When
they saw the ragged shepherd, one of them, Francis Pringle,
challenged him to read the book. He promised that if the boy
could read it, he would buy the book for him. That afternoon
a delighted John and his gift returned to his duties as shepherd
In later years he had various other occupations including
market vendor and school teacher before following his spiritual
training. On July 4, 1751 he was ordained as a minister. He
belonged to a Scottish Presbyterian denomination. His assignment
was Haddington. In 1753 he became Ordinator of the Synod,
which was extremely unusual given his short appointment as
a minister. He later also became a professor during the time
he was exercising his duties as minister.
John Brown died on June 19, 1787. He was married twice
and had six children of which four also became pastors.
God's name: John Brown used the name
of 'Jehovah' for God's name. We show the text of Isaiah 12:2
as an example.