Rare Bible Collection

On January 1, 2010, MOBIA became the steward for the Rare Bible Collection, an important part of the library of American Bible Society. The Society started collecting Bibles in 1817, one year after its founding. By year’s end, it had acquired 64 Scriptures in 30 languages.

Today, the collection contains scriptures printed in more than 2,000 languages spanning six centuries, including 15 manuscripts and 42 incunables or early printed books. This collection is one of the largest and finest of its kind in the United States, important primarily for documenting the history of the Bible text itself in the original languages (Greek and Hebrew) and the history of early translations into various languages. This collection, now known as the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA, is the focus of a series of exhibitions that explore the lasting role that the Bible has had in major aspects of Judeo-Christian culture and art.

To learn more about the collection, visit the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA website.

MOBIA now has a Bible Portrait Gallery on its Rare Bible Blog, which brings together images selected from the Rare Bible Collection. Click here to read more.


Display and conservation of the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA is made possible thanks to generous support from American Bible Society.

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