October – December 2020 Featured Book: Den Geheelen Bibel

Grinnell College Libraries Feature: Den Geheelen Bibel

(Holy Bible in Dutch)

This Bible was published in 1553 and was one of the oldest religious books in the Weeks family collection. Published after the Reformation (1517), this Bible was created during a time when Protestantism was gaining strength in the Netherlands.  

Publication place: Netherlands

Publication date: 1553

Descriptive notes: Book bound in vellum or alum-tawed and has red stamping around the foredge. Inside are multiple wood-cut printed pictures.

Fun facts:

  • There are 1,189 chapters in the modern English Bible.
  • The oldest man mentioned in the Bible was 969 years old.
  • The full Bible has been translated into 683 languages.
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” and Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” are the most replicated paintings.
  • The first complete Dutch Bible was published in 1526 in Antwerp and is known as the Statenvertaling or States’ Bible.
  • King Henry VIII’s Great Bible of 1539 was the first authorized of edition in English.