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Beautiful Collection of Ancient Bibles on Display in Dallas, TX

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the opening of a fantastic new collection of Bibles on display at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, TX.

Charles Ryrie with John Dyer
Charles Ryrie with John Dyer

Charles Ryrie, a former professor at Dallas Theological Seminary probably best known for the Ryrie Study Bible, has been collecting rare Bibles for around 50 years. To me, he is known as the man whose writings (such as Basic Theology) got me interested in studying the Bible and the theology of the church. Meeting him for the first time was a pleasure, and the exhibit was far more extensive than I imagined.

I’m still astounded that all of this is in Dallas. According to the website,

The Collection includes such masterpieces as a page from the Gutenberg Bible (1450’s); the first edition of the King James Bible (1611); the Wycliffe New Testament (1430); Genoa Psalter (1516) with its footnote about Christopher Columbus; Coverdale’s first edition (1535) of the first printed English Bible; early Greek manuscripts of the New Testament; one of the world’s few copies of Tyndale’s Pentateuch (The first five books of the old Testament, called The Torah or Law in Hebrew-1530); and Erasmus’ New Testaments.  Additional elements include Eliot’s Indian Bible (1663) in the Algonquin language – the first Bible to be printed in America – as well as a variety of Greek, Hebrew, Latin and other language Bibles.

Here’s a few of them:

Hopefully one day someone will followup with a museum dedicated to the Bible in digital form!

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John Dyer

In my day job, I work at Dallas Theological Seminary, and at night I write Bible software for countries whose leaders could be called "overlords." This one time, I wrote a book about technology and Christian faith. You can find out more about what I'm up to at

10 thoughts on “Beautiful Collection of Ancient Bibles on Display in Dallas, TX”

  1. I still reference my Ryrie Study Bible at times…

    While in bible college in the late 80s and early 90s we would go down to South Side, the Deep Ellum part of Birmingham, AL.

    My Ryrie Study Bible got me more opportunity to share my faith than anything else.


    Because my black leather bible (which I still have!) matched my black leather jacket (which I also still have!). My punk friends loved that!

    Both show the wear and tear of lots and lots and lots of use. I just can’t get rid of either.

    I will go check it out… its been a while since I’ve been to the Museum of Biblical Art.

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