|dc.description.abstract||Bible Through the Ages
Library Exhibit, 6 December 2002 - 26 January 2003
On display are selected items from the Jordan Library's collection
of about 1200 Bibles, representing many historically significant
versions. Included are facsimiles of early illuminated manuscripts
and printed editions from 1491 to 2001 in various translations and
versions in some sixty languages, with and without illustration, in
formats large and small.
About sixty Bibles (or parts of Bibles) were exhibited in seven
cases arranged in the following categories by chronology,
language, version or other feature:
Early manuscript reproductions
Manuscripts in Hebrew and Latin, including the Book of Kells
(Trinity College Dublin) and the Biblia Pauperum.
Early printed editions
Editions in Hebrew, Latin and Greek, including a reproduction
of the Gutenberg Bible. 17th and 18th century editions with
engraved title-pages also are featured, as shown in the following illustrations.
Notable English translations
Included: Tyndale, Coverdale, Bishops', Geneva, Douai, and the role of King James whose
authorized version of 1611 continues to be used today. Various anomalies of translation also
are represented -- the so-called "She", "He", and "Breeches" Bibles.
Around the world in many languages
Included: Luther's German text and the French Louis Segond
version. The role of the British and Foreign Bible Society in
disseminating the Bible is described.
Canadian Bibles - early imprints
The role of the Canadian Bible Society and others in fostering the
translation of the Bible into many native North American
languages are acknowledged.
Miniatures and interesting bindings and illustrations
Included: a "finger" Bible and the beautifully illustrated editions by
Salvador Dali and Gustave Doré. Also featured is a rare 1635
metrical psalm book, where some tunes are printed upside down on facing pages, so that
one book could be used by singers on either side of the choir.||en_US