NYC Public Library Book Exhibit – The Three Faiths

December 2, 2010

On Tuesday my family and I went to New York City for a showing of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular”.  We had some time to kill before the show, being that it was also the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center the streets were blocked and we simply walked around our favorite city.

We passed the New York City Public Library on 5th Ave. and decided to take a break (it also seem to start raining).  The main branch of the library is a magnificent building which is by itself worth a visit.  A gallery of marble, carved wood and unbelievable paintings greet the patrons.

I wanted to see the Gutenberg bible which is usually on display.  I’ve had several reasons:

1) I never saw it

2) It’s an important book

3) I wanted my wife and kids to see it and talk about its importance

…so I dragged them along.  However, the bible was featured as part of an exhibit which was called “The Three Faiths” featuring 200 rare books created over the past 1,500 years of Judaism, Christianity and the Muslim faiths.

Any book lover who is in NYC must go see this beautiful exhibit.  The books are absolutely exquisite and have moved from the “religion” category into being objects d’Art.  The scrolls, illuminated manuscripts, printed books and codices are some of the most important and significant works in world history dating from the fifth century (no mistake, the 5th century).

And the best part – it’s FREE!!!!

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