A collection of historical bibles are on display at the Knights Inn Lodge and Resort in Forest City. Parts of the collection date back to pre-printing press days when scribes would not only calligraphy the words, but the illustrations were done by hand.
Among the collection is one of the copies of the very first Catholic Bible to be translated into English. There is also a scroll containing one of the books of the Bible. Also translations into German and Italian can be found.
Martin Luther’s Babylonic Captivity written between 1521 and 1523 and finally printed in 1524 is also on display. This historical moment, documented by Luther, was the period in Jewish history during which Jews of the ancient Kingdom of Judah were captives in Babylonia.
According to the Hebrew Bible, there were three deportations of Jews to Babylon: the exile of King Jeconiah, his court and many others in Nebuchadnezzar’s eighth year; Jeconiah’s successor Zedekiah and the rest of the people in Nebuchadnezzar’s eighteenth year; and a later deportation in Nebuchadnezzar’s twenty-third year. These are attributed to c. 597 BCE, c. 587 BCE, and c. 582 BCE, respectively.
Another interesting artifact is the relic of part of the Bible written onto a stone. This item has verses of the Bible carved into the stone and dates back to when this was commonplace.
The display is free and open to the public, Tuesday through Thursday, at the Knight’s Inn Lodge off 69 Highway in Forest City.