World’s Largest Bible to be seen by national audiencePosted May 20, 2013
ACU’s Waynai Bible, said to be the largest book of its kind in the world, is now on loan for display in Colorado Springs, Colo., as part of the Green Collection's traveling Passages exhibit. The Bible was moved from its home in ACU’s Brown Library last month by a team of technicians who painstakingly took it apart and oversaw its shipment.
“I’m delighted to know that this treasure from the library’s special collection will soon be inspiring the thousands of people who come to see it,” says Dr. Carisse Berryhill, Associate Dean for Digital Initiative, Special Collections, and Archives. “I’m also profoundly grateful that the Bible is undergoing the professional assessment and rejuvenation it needed.”
Berryhill adds, “The kind of people who take the time to visit the new exhibit are likely to have not only a keen respect for God’s Word, but also for institutions like ACU where that sense of respect is shared. The exhibit, then, is likely to bring welcome attention to the university and our mission.”
In 1956, the ACU Library (then ACC) received a gift from the Rosen Heights church of Christ in Fort Worth that still remains the "largest" donation in this library's history. This copy of the entire King James Bible was completed by Louis Waynai in Los Angeles in 1930, two years after he had begun the project. Devoting more than 8,700 hours to the book, Mr. Waynai printed the text using a large, homemade rubber stamp press.
When laid open, the Waynai Bible measures 43.5 inches tall and 98 inches wide. Closed, the spine is 34 inches thick. The book has 8,048 pages and weighs in at 1,094 pounds. The book was constructed so it can be disassembled into 31 sections for moving purposes.
"The Waynai Bible was gifted to ACU and has been exhibited in the library for many years so that our students and visitors could experience this awe-inspiring Bible," says Dr. John B. Weaver, dean of the ACU Library. "The Green Collection and its exhibitions of biblical artifacts exist so that people can experience the creation of a book that has altered history, shaped cultures, inspired minds and changed lives. We're very pleased to partner with the Green Collection in this shared goal."
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