Archive for Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bible housed at Baker University used on National Geographic cover

November 16, 2011, 12:57 p.m. Updated November 16, 2011, 2:35 p.m.


A King James Bible from a collection at Baker University is featured on the December 2011 cover of National Geographic. The bible is part of the university's William A. Quayle Bible Collection.

A King James Bible from a collection at Baker University is featured on the December 2011 cover of National Geographic. The bible is part of the university's William A. Quayle Bible Collection.

The cover photo on December’s edition of National Geographic isn’t from a faraway land like Borneo, Palau or Nauru. Instead, it was shot in Baldwin City, featuring a King James Bible from the collection at Baker University.

The Bible, from the university’s William A. Quayle Bible Collection, was used to highlight the magazine’s cover story, “The King James Bible: Making a Masterpiece,” for the book’s 400th anniversary, according to a release from the school.

Baker will host an open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4, at the Alumni Center, 519 Eighth St., to showcase the King James Bible featured in the magazine.

The Quayle collection features several King James bibles, including two first-edition copies from 1611.

Kay Bradt, Baker’s director of library services, said the book featured on the cover was one of those two. It’s a “He Bible,” so named because it uses the word “he” in Ruth 3:15. Other first-edition Bibles use the word “she” in that verse, and the library has a copy of that book, too, she said.

“It just feels wonderful,” Bradt said of the attention. “The Quayle collection is something of a hidden treasure.”

She said she hoped the magazine would help bring attention to the collection, which features about 620 items, most of which are Bibles. The collection also features commentaries and other pieces of literature.

Jim Richardson, a photojournalist based in Lindsborg, shot the photo for the magazine’s cover.

The Bible collection began with a 1925 gift from the estate of Bishop William A. Quayle, a Baker alumnus who went on to serve as the university’s president. It is regularly open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment. The collection is in the south wing of Baker’s Collins Library, 518 Eighth St.


Biscayne 6 years, 3 months ago

Congardulations Baker, that is pretty neat!

Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 3 months ago

This is another reason to visit Baldwin. It is a small town, but it has a very good university and is a lot of fun to visit anytime.

Have I forgotten? Was there at one time a train from Baldwin to Lawrence, or did it only go to Ottawa?

Congratulations, again, to Baker University and to Baldwin!

RomelioBobalinski 6 years, 3 months ago

Yes, there was a Lawrence to Baldwin train. Look at Google Earth, if you use your imagination, you can actually see where it meandered south from the Lawrence depot, on Haskel, through Vinland and up into the Baldwin depot. Some of my property boarders the old train track and one of my neighbors remembers riding the last train out of Lawrence into Baldwin in the late 1950s, early 1960s.

lweinmaster 6 years, 3 months ago

Congratulation Baker University, I will be sure to buy a copy!

MapMadeMind 6 years, 3 months ago

The Leavenworth, Lawrence & Ft. Gibson/Galveston ran from Lawrence through Baldwin to Ottawa from the late 19th century to I believe the 1950s. For most of it's life, the line was part of the Santa Fe system. The tracks were preserved up to Baldwin from Ottawa to service the elevator. They had fallen into significant disrepair until the Midland Railway did their wonderful work. It's a great train ride and I highly recommend people take advantage of such a unique opportunity in Kansas!

mr_right_wing 6 years, 3 months ago

I know this will stir things up, but, oh well......

Thank you National Geographic for using the correct name; it is The King James Bible, not 'king james version'.

I am a bit suprised an organization that takes any opportunity to bash Christianity/The Bible would call it a 'masterpiece'. (They probably actually mean a 'masterpiece of fiction.") Oh well...nice cover anyway!

I wonder how many Lawrence residents will cancel their subscription in protest??

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

Guess you felt like trying to lower the level of dialog?

brizimmerling 6 years, 3 months ago

I don't think anyone should post judgement upon this issue BEFORE reading what it has to offer. It is an academic look into the history and the ties to today's society and organizations. National Geographic has taken a PURELY academic stand and point of view on this historical event. Whether or not you read the bible, believe in the bible or religion for that, this is history, not preaching. Very ignorant and naive to judge or protest by canceling subscriptions because of a cover story and photograph....hmm.....READ the article then give judgment. READ IT AND BE SHOCKED. You WILL learn more from just the photographs than what you have in your head at the moment. I can't give away precious details of what the issue holds, but having inside ties and previewing the article before printing I know it is well worth a the way.....i am and atheist and I LOVE the history of my world, even the bible.

blindrabbit 6 years, 3 months ago

Attended Baker in 1966-1968 and was aware of the bible collection! If I'm not mistaken, Baker also has a world known collection of old Russian triptychs of religious significance.

JimRichardson 6 years, 3 months ago

Mr. Right Wing, thanks for your comments, but I'm afraid the actual name is: "Authorized Version." Commonly called the King James Bible, of course, and probably no reason we shouldn't just call it that. But that's not the proper name. (Just a niggling little detail there.) We do all sorts of religion-related stories at National Geographic. I don't see National Geographic bashing Christianity. Nor does it bash Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, or any number of other religions which make up the religious and cultural landscape of mankind. The King James Bible is undoubtedly a masterpiece on many fronts, religious (for believers), literary, cultural, political (King James did have some mighty political motives) and historic. (But so is the Quran, and for the same reasons.) I trust the good folks of Lawrence (of all religious and non-religious persuasions) to see this story as an appropriate look at a major document that has shaped our modern world, and to take away from the article a greater appreciation of it's impact on our language and our lives.

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