Monday, October 4, 2010

‘A Light to the Nations’ at MOBIA

“I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
(Isaiah 49:6)

The Museum of Biblical Art in New York City will open an exhibit of rare Bibles titled A Light to the Nations on October 15.

The curator explains:

America’s Earliest Bibles (1532-1864). A selection of 29 volumes and historical items drawn from the Rare Bible Collection at MOBIA will be on view beginning October 15. The rich history at the heart of the exhibition includes such developments as Congress’ endorsement of Aitken’s edition of the King James Bible in 1782 (the only instance of such an endorsement); the sale of Bibles in installments and by subscription (1790); and a translation of Luke’s Gospel in Aztec or Nahuatl (1830s). The volumes in this collection are intertwined with some of the most important historical developments to take place in Western history, including Columbus’ discovery of America. Read more here.

“A Curator’s View: A Light to the Nations” – Join Dr. Liana Lupas, Curator, Rare Bible Collection at MOBIA, for a tour of America’s earliest printed Bibles. Thursday, October 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To RSVP please call (212) 408-1251 or e-mail rsvp(at)

The exhibit is scheduled to close December 23, 2010.

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