The Bible: Taking the Oath of Office

Did you know the president elect does not have to take the oath of office with a hand on the Bible?

Or that inaugural Bibles have most often been opened to the book of Psalms?

On January 20, 2009, in a precedent-setting gesture, Barack Obama became the first President, other than Lincoln himself in 1861, to use the Lincoln Bible in both 2009 and in 2013 for his swearing-in ceremony!

Today, President Lincoln’s small “red Bible” is part of the Library of Congress collection.
The importance of the Bible to Abraham Lincoln is captured in the now-famous words attributed to him: “In regard to this Great book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man.”

Engage with the Bible. This Book of all books!

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