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November 27, 2020

On November 5, PHS librarian and rare books specialist Gabriela Zoller led a live historic Bible show and tell on Zoom and Facebook Live.

PHS holds hundreds of Bibles, including printings dating back to the Reformation. What makes a Bible rare? How have Bibles changed through the centuries? What are some of the stand-out Bibles at PHS?

Learn the answers to those questions and more from Gabriela by watching the session below.

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November 20, 2017

Quick trivia question: what language was the first Bible in the Western Hemisphere printed in? The answer is Algonquin—to be precise, the Natick dialect of Algonquin.

Today you can find a “Made in the U.S.A.” Bible in nearly every hotel room in America; most Gideon Bibles, for example, are printed in the Nashville area. But Bible publishing in the

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October 17, 2017

In October 2017, Presbyterians will celebrate the 500th anniversary of a pre-digital tweet storm: Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. The theses, which criticized the sale of indulgences by church officials, are considered the opening salvo in the Protestant Reformation, a movement that emphasized individual relationships with God and salvation through faith alone.

Luther was an early adapter of the printing press—the social media of the sixteenth century—and the most widely shared writer of his...

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