[Jehovah’s Witnesses] Gathering the Lord’s Jewels.

Rare survival of a 19th-century tract published by the Jehovah’s Witnesses

A rare and ephemeral survival, a nineteenth-century religious tract issued by the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1899. It is noted, perhaps optimistically, on p.[(2)] that of these various tracts “...hundreds of thousands are being circulated” —regardless, few of these tracts survive today, given their modest and somewhat fragile nature.

From p.[(3)] the anonymous author(s) write: “Our text points to the close of the Gospel age, and not only tell us that the Lord will not gather his jewels sooner, but implies also that the only class to be gathered at that time will be the jewel class—he comes to make [sic? “take”?] up his jewels.”

Throughout, the tract uses many terms that would be familiar to a lapidary and extensively uses these terms as metaphor. The text even describes the Lord as “...the great loving Master-workman and Lapidarist-in Chief…” and, by the tract’s conclusion, notes that “Some will not be amongst those who are gathered as jewels, because the jewels which the Lord will gather will be ‘first-water’ diamonds—stainless”.

A rare 19th-century Jehovah’s Witnesses text.

Description: [Jehovah’s Witnesses] Gathering the Lord’s Jewels.

Allegheny, PA. [Pennsylvania]: Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, 1899. 7 x 5 inches. 16pp., self-titled wraps, stapled binding. Near fine condition with mild corner crease to title-leaf and additional leaves.


OCLC, three holdings only.

Price: $225.00

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