The childhood Bible of President Donald Trump can now be viewed at the “Museum of the Bible” in Washington, D.C. Trump was given the Revised Standard Version (RSV) text by his mother when he was a boy, and it was this exact version that he laid his hand on as he took the oath of office back in January 2017.
According to a press release from the Museum of the Bible, Trump “carried it with him to Sunday school classes at First Presbyterian Church in Queens, New York.” The Bible was also inscribed by his pastor and Sunday school teachers after he graduated from primary Sunday school in 1955. Trump’s Bible will be added to a distinguished collection of various presidential Bibles currently on display at Washington’s latest attraction.
“We are honored to add this piece of our nation’s history to our growing exhibit of presidential Bibles,” Museum of the Bible President Cary Summers said of the latest addition. “President Trump’s inauguration Bible will be displayed alongside Bibles belonging to President Harry Truman, President Dwight Eisenhower, President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush. It is our hope that guests will be able to learn not only about each president’s unique Bible but also about the influence this book has had on government and elected officials around the world.”
Each Presidential Bible can be found in the government exhibit, which is located in the “Bible in the World” section of the museum’s vast second floor. The museum website describes the government exhibit as just one of “23 exhibits that demonstrate the depth and breadth of the Bible’s impact around the world.”
“The area focused on government includes a dome enshrining four large artifact cases and an interactive map demonstrating the impact of the Bible on the formation and dissolution of governments throughout history,” the website states.
In the Bible section, you will find a treasure trove of faith-filled presidential history. From Harry Truman’s personal Bible to President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s scripture opened up to Psalm 33:12 — the verse upon which he placed his hand when taking the oath of office in both 1953 and 1957.
Other exhibits explore the Bible’s profound influence on areas of our society and culture such as education, human rights, literature and even fashion.
Check out more about the museum by visiting the website here.
(H/T: Museum of the Bible)