The Wicked Bible?

Due to popular demand, the Passages Exhibit in Atlanta, Georgia will continue to run until June 30, 2012.  What is the Passages Exhibit?  It’s an interactive, traveling museum that carries you through the history of the English Bible.  Perfect for families, school groups and church groups.  After spending two hours meandering through a labyrinth of glass-encased artifacts, talking animatronics, and entertaining video segments, I walked away with a deeper appreciation for the Bible I so tend to take for granted.

Watch men demonstrate one of the greatest inventions of all time–the Gutenberg printing press with moveable type.  This wonderful device helped to drive the reformation and place the Bible into the common man’s hand.  The press at the Passages Exhibit is a full-scale, working model, and it offers a hands-on activity.

Learn about men like John Wycliffe, John Knox, Desiderius Erasmus, Martin Luther and William Tyndale.  We must remember these men and the contributions they made.  They sacrificed much.

Have you ever heard of the Wicked Bible?  Neither had I, but this 1631 Bible claims it’s okay to commit adultery.  Well, not exactly.  With the advent of the printing press, many people began printing the Bible.  Unfortunately, two of London’s royal printers–Robert Barker and Martin Lucas–made a grievous mistake.  In the Exodus 20:14 passage where it states, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” they mistakenly omitted the word, not.  Therefore it read, “Thou shalt commit adultery.”  You can view an actual copy of this Bible at the Passages Exhibit

Here are some excerpts from the website:

William Tyndale
Set around Anne Boleyn’s fall from royalty and William Tyndale’s imprisonment, culminating with his burning at the stake, this room highlights Tyndale’s translations. Highlight items: A first edition of Tyndale’s Obedience of Christian Man and a previously undocumented 1535 edition of Tyndale’s New Testament that he was working on while imprisoned in the Tower of London awaiting his execution for his translation work

Gutenberg’s Print Shop
The introduction of moveable typeset printing to the West revolutionized printing, making the Bible more attainable for the common person. This room contains a full-scale reproduction of Gutenberg’s press and displays early printed works called incunables (printed within the first 50 years of the introduction of printing in the West), and first edition printings of important works. Highlight items: Gutenberg Bible Book of Romans, Nuremberg Chronicle, and a first edition Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. Interactive: Hands-on typesetting activity

King James Version
Set in the Jerusalem Chamber in Westminster Abbey, this room recreates the setting in which the translation of the King James Version was completed. It contains works used by the translators to help in their translation process, multiple first editions, and other early King James Versions. Highlight item: First edition King James Version Bible, 1611.

This is a very cool exhibit!  This might be a long road trip for some, but I promise you won’t be disappointed.  And if you decide to go, please share your experience.  You can find out more at the Passages website.

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