St. Louis Trip, Day 4, Monday, July 27, 2015
Across from the SPICE building is Eden Theological Seminary. Papa and I walked over to see the seminary's Press Building while my sisters finished their chess games. This ecumenical seminary was established in 1850.
From the Rand Rotunda (above) we went into the Luhr Reading Room, which originally was the seminary library. For a while it served as a reception room, but since 2011 has again been the reading room. Since it was summer, work was being done on some of the other parts of the building, and the reading room was as far as we got.
But the reading room was far enough for me to see the oldest man-made objects I had ever seen: 1531 and 1536 editions of the Zurich Bible! This Bible contains revised versions Martin Luther's translation of the New Testament and part of the Old Testament, and Zurich-based translations of the prophets and Apocrypha. Zwingli wrote the preface & summaries.
Taped onto the door leading into the reading room was an interesting quote:
"A church that does not provoke any crisis, preach a gospel that does not unsettle, proclaim a word of God that does not get under anyone's skin or a word of God that does not touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed: what kind of gospel is that?" --Oscar Romero
What is the oldest book or other object you have ever seen?