Doing research in the archives of the British and Foreign Bible Society is great fun at times.

Only that some of the funny stuff I come across is very serious.

Like this note in a Bible edited by Edmund Beck and printed in 1549 by John Day and William Seres.

In essence, the editor of this Bible recommends that husbands „beat the fear of God into wives’ heads”.

Alas, no further guidelines are offered as to what implement would best help one husband fulfill this most commendable spiritual end. I am afraid we are now in a hermeneutical deadlock. Unless a degree of liberty is left with the reader of the Bible when it comes to the „application” itself.