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family Bible

n.
A Bible with special pages to record births, deaths, and marriages.

family Bible

n
a large Bible used for family worship in which births, marriages, and deaths are recorded

fam′ily Bi′ble


n.
a large Bible usu. having pages at the front for recording the marriages, births, and deaths in a family.
[1775–85]
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Noun1.family Bible - a large Bible with pages to record marriages and births
Christian Bible, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Bible, Word of God, Book, Word - the sacred writings of the Christian religions; "he went to carry the Word to the heathen"
References in classic literature ?
My dear children, what a task would you think it, even with a long lifetime before you, were you bidden to copy every chapter, and verse, and word, in yonder family Bible! Would not this be a heavy toil?
'To recount the menial offices I've had to do for your son, sir,' said Mr Tappertit; 'the chairs I've had to hand him, the coaches I've had to call for him, the numerous degrading duties, wholly unconnected with my indenters, that I've had to do for him, would fill a family Bible. Besides which, sir, he is but a young man himself and I do not consider "thank'ee Sim," a proper form of address on those occasions.'
In the family "keeping-room," as it is termed, he will remember the staid, respectable old book-case, with its glass doors, where Rollin's History,[1] Milton's Paradise Lost, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, and Scott's Family Bible,[2] stand side by side in decorous order, with multitudes of other books, equally solemn and respectable.
[2] Scott's Family Bible (1788-1792), edited with notes by the English Biblical commentator, Thomas Scott (1747-1821).
"Can we have a copy of the poetry to keep in the family Bible?" inquired Mrs.
She put the book in the front room on top of the family Bible. A sacred thing was this book her lodger had made, a fetich of friendship.
The man standing in front of the musicians waving a stick took the likeness of Satan, as seen in the picture in our family Bible at home.
He had looked at the other papers too, relative to his son, for the key of the box in which he kept them was also in his pocket, and it was found the seals and envelopes had been broken--very likely on the night before the seizure--when the butler had taken him tea into his study, and found him reading in the great red family Bible.
When I remember how I've cut down a mile and a half of green poisonous jungle with an old cutlass half as sharp as this; and then remember I must stop here and chop this matchwood, because of some confounded old bargain scribbled in a family Bible, why, I--"
Neglected and often unloved, their covers have come away from their bodies and pages have discoloured with age - today, the family Bible remains one of our most common heirlooms.
The Newns family Bible, this edition dates back to 1860 and includes hundreds of illustrations along with a condensed concordance.
And readers of Farrington's article on the many options for how a Family Bible could be printed, illustrated, and bound will notice a similarity in the profusion of "perks" available to subscribers of Kennett's Kickstarter campaign.