Trump Inauguration Bible Heads to Museum
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- 2018 Mar 19
One of the two Bibles Donald Trump used to take the oath of office is joining others used by American presidents at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.
The Revised Standard Version edition Bible given to the future 45th president of the United States by his mother when he was a child is the same Bible he used when he attended First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y.
In January 2017, President-elect Trump showed the hard-bound Bible to David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network and described an inscription Trump said was made by his mother, Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, who died in 2000.
“It’s amazing and all written out sort of like so that I always know that it is mine,” Trump said, showing a white flyleaf inscribed with handwritten cursive. “But it is special and I open that and I look at it a lot.”
The Bible also has the Trump name etched on the front cover. Upon his graduation from Sunday school — in 1955 at age 9 — it was signed by his pastor and Sunday school teachers.
At his inauguration, the president also took the oath of office on the Lincoln Bible, which was also used by President Obama at his 2009 inauguration.
The Revised Standard Version was a new version of the Bible when Trump was a child. Its New Testament was published in 1946, the year of Trump’s birth, and it was published in full in 1952. It was the standard Bible used in most mainline Protestant churches through the 1970s and into the 1980s.
The Trump Bible joins other presidential Bibles on display on the second floor of the Museum of the Bible, a private institution that opened on the Washington Mall in November. The collection includes Bibles from Presidents George W. Bush, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
“We are honored to add this piece of our nation’s history to our growing exhibit of presidential Bibles,” Museum of the Bible President Cary Summers said in a statement.
Courtesy: Religion News Service
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Publication date: March 19, 2018