Library acquires London Polyglot Bible
For Immediate Release
September 8, 1999
ABILENE, Texas - Abilene Christian University's Brown
Library recently acquired one of the finest comparative
language Bible's from modern Europe.
According to Craig Churchill, theological librarian at
ACU, the London Polyglot is perhaps the finest of the four
great polyglots which together represent a landmark in the
beginnings of biblical study in modern Europe.
"I am delighted to announce that our bid for this Bible
was successful," Churchill said. "This is a wonderful
acquisition for our institution - it should be the nicest
Bible we own - and is the kind of work that will enhance
students' learning experience immeasurably."
The polyglot will be held in the Special Collections
section of the Brown Library and visitors of the library may
view it during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"It adds a nice touch to the learning experience,"
Churchill said. "This is a different kind of acquision to
the library; it is more of a cultural treasure than a
support for curriculum."
The library was notified by an alumni that the polyglot
bible was available for auction from Kestenbaum and Co., an
auctioneer of fine books company in New York. A bid was
submitted by phone and was accepted.
Polyglot Bibles printed the text of the Bible in three or
more languages, usually in parallel columns for the purpose
of comparison. The London Polyglot by Brian Walton, former
bishop of Chester, was the most scholarly, complete and
widely circulated of the four polyglots.
The library continues to receive pledges from those who
would like to contribute funds for this purchase. Those
interested in donating should contact Craig Churchill at
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