The Lincoln Bible

Did you know that the iconic ”Lincoln Bible” was actually not Lincoln’s personal Bible, but was that used at his inaugural in 1861? Lincoln traveled to Washington, DC separately from his family, and under threat of assassination, his luggage and Bible were left behind. The chief justice provided an 1853 KJV, and Lincoln swore the oath of office on this Bible. It is what is now known as the “Lincoln Bible.”

There’s no question about the impact of the Bible on Lincoln’s personal and political life. Lincoln’s most famous writings contain biblical quotations or references, many from the Psalms and the Gospels. Lincoln himself wrote: “In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man.”

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