britsum village church bible

An impressive book, this bible – or is it? It lay on the pulpit of the Britsum village church and was meant to impress the congregation as representing God’s Word. Hence its heavy paper and the silverwork on its cover, which also bears the names Burmania-Eisinga, two Frisian noble families. The name Britzum is the village where the church stood.

Britsum village church bible with the Burmania-Eijsinga family‘s coats of arms, Pieter and Jacob Keur, 1697

Britsum village church bible with the Burmania-Eijsinga family‘s coats of arms, Pieter and Jacob Keur, 1697

This bible shows that Frisian noble families used to have an influence in clerical matters: for example they had a say in the appointment of ministers and schoolmasters and they donated objects to the church, such as this bible.