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 674-2347.



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