Thursday, June 28, 2007

Guest Blogger: Librarian Donnelle Conklin

LRMA Library to Present Bible Exhibition in July

Next month the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art’s Library will take a break from its annual summer postcard exhibits for a look into another interesting collection from its archive - the Bible collection. On display will be examples of early Bible translations, a page from the Gutenberg Bible, along with family Bibles with elaborate illustrations and tooled leather bindings.

Among the Bibles in the collection are several editions of the Book of Common Prayer. One is an 1893 edition that was donated by the museum’s neighbor, St John’s Episcopal Church. Another is a family Bible belonging to the Gardiner family.

The collection as a whole offers a glimpse into the varieties of Bible interpretations that history has influenced, and range from the ornate to the utilitarian. A time line will also accompany the exhibit to help visitors put each version into historical perspective.

The exhibit will be located in the Museum Reading Room, and will run the entire month of July. For more information contact Librarian Donnelle Conklin at 601-649-6374.

A Page from a Gutenberg Bible

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