The Bible in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress

"Entering the Great Hall of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, is like stepping into a cathedral, surrounded by works of art from over 50 American painters and sculptors, linking the United States with classical traditions of learning.

Two Bibles are situated in the Great Hall facing one another: the “Giant Bible of Mainz,” one of the last handwritten giant Bibles in Europe, said by the Library to represent the culmination of hundreds of years of transmission of text through the handwritten manuscript, and the Gutenberg Bible, considered by many as one of the world’s most famous books, significantly representing the beginning of the printed book.

The juxtaposition of the Bibles is described by the Library as typifying, “the explosion of knowledge and creativity it would engender.”

Engage with the Bible—with this Book of all books!"

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