John Newton’s hymn, "Precious Bible, What a Treasure," is especially treasured at Museum of the Bible. The poem, written in Newton’s own hand, is part of a 1774 copy of the King James Bible. While sailing a ship back to England, Newton’s ship was hit by a fierce storm. He had an intense spiritual experience and began to study the Bible. But he continued work in the slave trade as the captain of several slave ships. He became ordained as an Anglican minister, and eventually became an advocate for the abolition of the slave trade. John Newton penned over 200 hymns. "Precious Bible, What a Treasure" may be the least known, and "Amazing Grace" his best known.
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