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The museum Photo: Haim Zach
The museum Photo: Haim Zach

100 bibles in 100 languages

Unique project unites thousands of people worldwide to hand-inscribe bibles in their native languages. On display at Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem is a selection of some of these complete bibles in such languages as Mandarin, Taiwanese, Tamil and Finnish

Published: 07.15.09, 11:55 / Israel Travel

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem Monday a unique project initiated by the Bible Valley Society together with the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project is a global initiative wherein thousands of people unite together to hand-inscribe bibles in their native languages, building bridges of understanding between the many cultures and faiths united by a shared love and reverence for the Bible


To date, thousands of people from 31 countries have participated in this project. Each community hand-inscribes 23,127 verses of the Bible, the goal being to complete the inscribing of 100 bibles in 100 languages.


Among the Places participating in this project are: Panama, Costa Rica, Brazil, United States, Argentina, Denmark, India, Hong-Kong, Taiwan, Greece, Israel, Poland, Singapore, Finland, Canada, England, Germany, Switzerland, Latvia, Ukraine and more.

Illustration photo: AP


On display at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem is a selection of complete inscribed bibles representing a variety of languages and nationalities including Chinese (Mandarin), Taiwanese, Tamil and Finnish. The display is enhanced with selected artworks from the project, Children of the World Illustrate the bible, that was originally exhibited at the museum in 1999.


This unique undertaking builds bridges of understanding between the many cultures and faiths united by their shared love for the Bible. Complementing the Bible Lands Museum's Permanent and Special Exhibitions, this one-of-a-kind display demonstrates the living relevance and broad outreach of the Bible today. The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem is the only Museum in the world dedicated to exhibiting the history of the Bible; the permanent exhibition of the Museum sheds light on the development of civilization.


Visitors interested in participating in the project can arrange to inscribe a biblical verse in the museum.


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