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Bible Collection

The Bible Collection constitutes one of the primary special collections at The Styberg Library. This collection was initially collected by Dr. Paul Edwin Keen, Professor of New Testament and Exegesis at the Evangelical Theological Seminary (1927-1957). Since Garrett Theological Seminary and Evangelical Theological Seminary merged in 1974 to form Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, the Keen Bible Collection has been part of The Styberg Library collections. Along with the personal library of John Seybert, an Evangelical Association bishop of the mid-19th century, rare Bibles are housed in the Yi Family Bible Room, a gift from the Yi Family in 2011.

The Bible Collection contains over 700 English versions and revisions of the New Testament, Old Testament or complete Bible. Out of 275 possible Bible translations, it holds 225. Among the outstanding first editions are the Matthews Bible (1537), Taverner Bible (1539), Geneva Bible (1560), Bishops Bible (1568), Rheims New Testament (1582), King James Version (1611), and Douai Old Testament (1609-10). The earliest print in the collection is a Latin New Testament included in a Latin Commentary of the New Testament which was printed in 1481.