The Concordance;- 1578
The Concordance;- 1578
The First Alphabet of directions to common places, containing all the Hebrew, Caldean, Greek and Latin.
By Robert F. Herrey 1578
Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances, The “First” Alphabet of directions to common places, containing all the Hebrewe, Caldean, Greeke and Latin words, and names scatteringly dispersed throughout the whole Bible, with their common places following every of them. And the “Second” comprehending all such other principall words and matters, as concerne the sense and meaning of the Scriptures, or direct unto any necessary and good instruction.
Published in London : By Christopher Barker, printer to the Queenes most excellent Maiestie,  This 1st. edition was printed as a separate Book by Christopher Barker in 1578 with a forward by the Author Robert F. Herrey.;- With 92 Pages;- According to A Short-Title Catalogue of Books 1475-1640 by A.W. Pollard & G.R.Redgrave, The Concordance, Begins on A2 With the opening page “ The Preface to the Christian Reader, touching the two Alphabets ensuring”. The Date 1578 is on the second page;- above, “Thine in the Lord, Robert F. Herrey.” Then the Concordance started to be published by Christopher Barker and Family two years later, in all Geneva Bibles of 1580 to 1615.
Re-bound in Burgundy red leather, in good collectable condition. The Concordances is Complete, Part One & Two. No other copies of the year of 1578 are held in C.O.P.A.C. or any other Institutional Libraries in the World, so this is the only true 1st. Edition Copy found. Later editions 1580 or later are in some Libraries. The Imprinted at London : by the Christopher Barker, Printer to the Queenes most excellent Maiestie. Christopher Barker Printer’s device to the final page. The Barker Family printer most of the English Bibles. Christopher Barker the father of a printing dynasty.
A concordance is an index. The idea is simple. Look up a word in the index and see a list of pages where the word occurs in the book. In the Bible concordance the list is of chapters and verses rather than pages. For example, look up "begat" in a Concordance of the Authorised or King James Version of the Bible and find that "begat" is listed 228 times in 142 verses if the three citations in the Apocrypha are included. There is a lot of begatting (begetting) in the Good Book.
The fascinating fact that people get themselves begat 228 times in the Bible is only slightly less impressive than the fact that John Marbeck compiled the first English concordance of the entire Bible over four centuries ago. His work on the concordance got him accused of heresy. This makes the first English list of biblical begats about four hundred years old. His first concordance was destroyed by fire coincidentally with his sentence to die at the stake for heresy so, after his release from a death sentence and pardon, he hit the books again and got the abbreviated version published in 1550. Although Cruden's Preface is a good short history of the Bible Concordance, perhaps the most popular early concordance is ignored in Cruden's summary. Robert F. Herrey's, concordance dated 1578 was bound with the Geneva Bible. The Herrey concordance sets forward three purposes. One purpose seems to set the prooftext goal of his and all later concordances: "I have likewise by themselves placed all, and as many proper and useful English words, as are contained in the same Bible, conducing to the finding out of the most fittest sentences, and best common places, tending to the proving or verifying of any article and doctrine, concerning our Christian faith and Religion, or belonging to any other godly or necessary instruction: so as if thou would understand what is to be learned in the Scriptures touching God or his power, his wisdom, or his love, his mercy, or his truth, his justice, his promises, his plagues, or his punishments”. Herrey then appends a long list of who can benefit by understanding various doctrines and ideas.
common phrases so that his "Complete Concordance" includes reference lists for "at the beginning," "from the beginning," and "in the beginning."
So there is an index to the almost one million words in the Bible. It is a thorough index, complete and mostly accurate if one can forgive the fact that Cruden missed Huz the brother of Buz completely (Gen 21:21). It seems only fitting to have an index, since the Bible is the only book without a real title. Bible means book. The Bible is a library of books with an index, thanks to Cruden. The concordance is like the card catalog of the library, or for those who have only discovered libraries in the last decade, the computer catalog of library holdings.