Library Faculty Presentations

Preserved by Hand: The Bible from Manuscripts to Gutenberg

Document Type


Event Date

Spring 2009


Biblical Heritage Gallery, Center for Biblical and Theological Studies at Cedarville University


Cedarville, OH


For centuries, prior to the invention of printing in the Western world, the text of the Bible was preserved in manuscript form. From the hand-copied manuscripts of the post New Testament and Medieval periods to the hand-copied Bibles of the early Reformation period, the text of Scripture was preserved by God to assure that the Words of God--his plan, principles, and purposes--would be accessible to man created in His image. This exhibit presents examples of manuscript portions of the Bible from the 4th to the 15th centuries, leading in 1455 to the production of the first printed Bible, the remarkable Gutenberg Bible, seen in the exhibit in facsimile form. Following that momentous event, the printed Bible could be distributed to the masses.


Bible, Gutenberg, preservation


Repeated in Summer 2010, Fall 2011