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Historic Library

The Bible Centre has a library with over 1700 Bibles in more than 460 languages from the last six centuries.

There are about 80 different German translations in the library. Since 1850 the library has expanded and contains full Bibles, New Testaments and Bible portions. There are both first prints as well as reprints and revisions in different languages. The archive of the history of the Austrian Bible Society and the British and Foreign Bible Society since 1805 are also part of the library. A selection of the library is presented behind glass all year around and can be seen during the opening hours of the Bible Centre.

The core of the library includes Bibles from the renaissance and baroque era. However the oldest Bible is in Latin from 1509. There are many Bibles also in other languages from the 17th and 18th century. The Bibles contain etchings, xylographs, cartouches and emblems which depict Bible scenes, church fathers, important people of the reformation and even Bible translators. These show a wide variety of Bible illustrations of the early modern age.

In the 19th century the Bible was being translated into many languages outside of Europe. Many of these languages can be found in the library from this period. There are Bibles with simple covers as well as fancy covers that show a rich tradition of House-, Family- or Weddingbibles from the 19th century. Then there is also a collection of Bibles from the 20th and 21st century.

The library can be used for research both by individuals or groups. However an appointment has to be made before. Every month there is a tour through the library on a Thursday evening!

You can contact us by phone (01)5238240 during our opening hours at the Bible Centre Monday-Friday 9.30-16.00 Thursdays 9.30-20.00 or by E-mail: bibelzentrum@bibelgesellschaft.at

Bible Centre

Breite Gasse 4-8/1, 1070 Vienna, Austria,

Phone: 01/ 523 82 40, Fax: dd 20

Bible Centre Opening Hours: Monday-Fiday 9.30 am until 4 pm
(Groups can also make an appointment at another time)

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