Not so long ago Museum of the Bible’s Founder and Chairman, Steve Green, made an interesting observation. Steve noted that on its top ten list of the most important events and people of the last millennium, Life magazine identified Gutenberg’s printing of the Bible as the number one event. The Bible was the very first book printed using the printing press.
The effects of Gutenberg’s invention were enormous. Ideas spread across the world much more quickly than before, contributing to the flourishing of major intellectual movements such as the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment. The printing of the Bible changed the world.
The Bible has impacted so much of western civilization – history, government, science, the arts – the list goes on and on.
The museum’s collection contains some of the oldest and most important documents of human civilization. We work closely with some of the world’s leading scholars to conserve and research items in our collection. Providing both long term care and access to biblical artifacts is at the heart of the Museum of the Bible’s new museum in Washington, DC. Joshua instructed the children of Israel to set up twelve stones they had taken from the Jordan River as they crossed into Canaan as a monument to remind future generations of their history and of all that God had done for them. Similarly, we hold these items in trust not only for this generation but for future generations to learn from and to study.