January 17, 2011 by staff
340-year-old Bible, At 340 years, the Bible was discovered in a church in Wisconsin last week, according to local sources. At St. Paul Lutheran Bonduel, Wisconsin. The Bible was discovered after being hidden in a cupboard that was seldom used and were stored the old books and texts for decades, WSAW Channel 7 reported. The book was hidden in a safe in the pantry.
“We do not know how we got it. We do not know how he got into the safe. We asked some of our older people and people in the nursing home and no one seems to remember” Pastor Timothy Shoup St. Paul Lutheran Church told the news station.
Last year, a teacher came through the Bible and showed it to Shoup. The reverend added to Roman numerals of the Bible to 1670, but he thinks he must have miscalculated.
The hand-pressed the Bible is not the United States, but was printed in Nuremberg in Germany.
According WFRV Channel 5, the Bible is still in excellent condition despite its age. The church will take special measures to preserve even better for the future.
“It’s unbelievable,” the pastor said Shoup Channel 5. “I mean that the pages are crisp. It’s not like the substance is falling all apart. A couple of pages are loose but it is in good condition.”
The book is not only a function of text, but also detailed illustrations.
“Every time I see a picture like that, I just think the beauty of appearance and quantity of a labor of love it must have been for the person who actually caught,” Lyle Buettner, a worker with special collections at Concordia Seminary Library, told Fox Channel 11.
In a narrow, rarely seen safe, no bigger than a pantry at St. Paul Lutheran Church is lot of old books and pamphlets. Many of which are over 100 years and foreign languages.
Most items are not sold at auction price, but represent nearly 150 years of church history and heritage. Now, an element that is held for an unknown duration took the whole congregation by surprise.
“This is an authentic 340-year Bible. We do not know how we got it. We do not know how he got into the safe. We asked some of our older people and people in the nursing home and no one seems to remember, “said the Rev. Timothy Shoup.
A teacher has the Bible to the attention of Pastor Shoup last year. “When I did open it and look at the title page, I saw the Roman numerals at the bottom,” he said.
“I kept coming with 1670 and I found whatever I did the math wrong.” Shoup then contacted Concordia Seminary Library in St. Louis and learned his math was correct.
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