How Do You Dispose of Old Family Bibles?

 

My grandmother passed away at the age of 98 in 2009.  She was a deeply religious woman who had several Bibles, some she read daily, others she had for 75+ years and were falling apart.

 

Bible Collection

 

Believe it or not, even after all these years I am still getting rid of her papers, pictures, letters, and cards many she wrote years before her death.  I have been holding onto her many Bibles, some with print too tiny for my eyes to read; a large Coffee Table Bible and a few Children’s Bibles.  I no longer have a Coffee Table nor do I have little children so what do I do with them.

 

Coffee Table Bible

 

I can donate a few to a homeless shelter especially those with all the pages intact, but how about the ones with pages falling out – do I simply throw them it into the recyclable bin?

 

Family Bible Disposal

 

Hubby bought me a new Bible for Christmas a few years ago, so between that one and my Smartphone app, I definitely don’t need any of them.  My hubby and sons are Muslims and have their own Holy Koran so I won’t be passing them down to the next generation.

 

What do think I should do with these old Bibles?

 

 

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14 Replies to “How Do You Dispose of Old Family Bibles?”

  1. Good morning and thanks for this great article about a touchy issue for many religious families like ours. Today I got a nice surprise when I checked the statistics of my blog early in the morning and it lit up like a Christmas tree. Holy mackerel! You put 16 “likes”, one after the other. Now, be honest girl. Did you really read all those articles in a row? Well, you’re a woman, so you have the stamina that we, the weak gender, do not have. Thank God that women are the keepers of Mankind’s subsistence. I owe your family and you a nice dinner when I go to Delaware. You have a great website. Congrats!
    Grazie Babbo Natale. Un grosso bacione. Arrivederci!

    1. You made my day and I am going to be honest with you, I actually tried reading them all while watching “The Walking Dead” so, there are parts of each that I may have missed or even skipped all together – but I tried. Hope you are having a mah-vah-lous Monday and I’ll stop by the next 16 or so posts soon!

      1. Aha! I knew it! For the next 16 please watch the upcoming fifth season of “Vikings” and those marvelously nude torsos that the women around me love so much.
        A big kiss. Arrivederci!

  2. As far as I can tell, hardback books are not accepted for recycling in DE. The DSWA specifically lists “paperback books” and “telephone books”, which seems to imply “not hardbacks”, although I haven’t seen hardbacks listed on the Do Not Recycle list either. I agree that donating the Bibles in good shape to homeless shelters or religious organizations is a win. I don’t know if a pastor would agree with me, but if the Bibles aren’t in good shape, and there is nothing about them that would make them a valuable treasure, then I don’t see what’s wrong with disposing of them. You could rip out the pages for recycling and throw away the binding, or just throw the whole thing out. I understand that it sounds a little sacrilegious, but I don’t know that it actually is. Someone with far more religious authority than I would have to address that.

    1. You know in some of them, the print is so tiny I doubt anyone could actually read them. I did however, donate a few to the Vets last week and the others will find a nice home in the recyclable bin because they have too many missing pages, besides hubby bought me a nice new one which I love and will hold onto forever…now what my sons do with it after I am dead and gone is another story for another day!

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