April 4 - May 2, 2016
MONDAY EVENING 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
There is a fascinating story of how the Bible has been fashioned and transmitted using the technology of the time to make it available to the people. From papyrus scroll, to Gutenberg’s printing revolution, we will survey the history of the Bible as it unfolds against a backdrop of political turmoil, religious devotion and technological innovation. The library’s rare book collection, photographs and online sources will help illustrate this story.
Reading for enrichment:
De Hamel, Christopher. The Book: a History of the Bible. London: Phaidon, 2001.
This is a very detailed, though also very readable, history of the evolution of the physical forms of the Bible from ancient to modern times. It includes excellent illustrations. Somewhat pricey.
Lightfoot, Neil R. How We Got the Bible. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2003.
This is a non-technical overview of how the Bible has come down to us. It covers best the early history up to the age of printing. Moderately priced.
Bruce Eldevik, Reference and Special Collections Librarian at Luther Seminary