Blackburn's Pauper's Bible

This is a picture of a so-called Pauper's Bible produced in Germany around 1470. It is currently on display in Blackburn's art gallery and museum and is a part of a pretty impressive collection. As you can see, it resembles something of comic book or graphic novel. It was originally designed for the use of poor people who perhaps struggled with their reading, but in reality it was a luxury item few poor people could afford to buy.

In this year in which we commemorate Martin Luther's launching of the Reformation, it is notable to remember that there was already an appetite for scripture within Germany in the years immediately before that great event. Show me a hunger for the word of God and I'll show you the birth pangs of revival.