On 18 September 2017 St Mark’s library mounted a magnificent display of bibles and commentaries in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and Martin Luther.
Walton’s Polyglot 6 volume set of 12 parallel texts, the first attempt at biblical criticism 1657, and a huge Luther Bible 1729 provided a wow element to the display of over 20 books published in the 1500’s.
Most of the bibles displayed were from the Bible Society Australia collection held at St Mark’s. Greg Clark, CEO of the Bible Society attended the event, and Dr John Harris who curates the collection gave a short presentation on the bibles displayed.
St Mark’s thanks the Lutheran Church Archives who displayed rare and beautiful items and books from their collection in Adelaide, including German family bibles brought to Australia by early settlers. And indigenous languages transcribed into the New Testament by German missionary Carl Strehlow and colleague J Reuther.