Strange Text

Yesterday in church, I was following along in the text for the sermon. I carry my ESV compact bible to read in church. As I was reading, I noticed something strange in the inner margin.

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It appears to be Chinese characters. I’ve never seen this before–anyone have any idea why these are here? Is this a common occurrence?

Αυτω η δοξα

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3 thoughts on “Strange Text

  1. Ironically, China is one of the biggest producers of Bibles. For instance, see this article: http://www.economist.com/news/china/21574529-china-has-become-one-largest-producers-bibles-world-beginning-was

    The main text is “英文标准版新旧约圣经,” which simply means English Standard Version, New and Old Testaments. Then that looks like “四十” (meaning “40”) at the bottom. I’d guess it has something to do with the printing and not the chapter of Romans you have opened there.

  2. Very strange. I’ve never seen that. I am, however, now going to have to look–or at least be more observant. 🙂

  3. Randall: Thanks for the insight! I figured there had to be a simple explanation!

    Carl: Yes, now you’ll be checking every book for these markings–I apologize in advance!

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