Let the Books Tell the Story: J.S. Bach’s Bible and Reformation Treasures
October 8 - November 5, 2017
CUC Campus - Ferguson Art Gallery and Kretzmann 271 Rare Book Gallery
This unprecedented opportunity to view Johann Sebastian Bach’s personal Bible (1733) along with many authentic16th century documents will chart the Reformation’s impact through a remarkable presentation of rare books, including:
- An original leaf from the Gutenberg Bible (c.1454)
- Erasmus' Greek New Testament (1516)
- The first Lutheran hymnal - Achtliederbuch (1524)
- Luther's seminal works of the 1520's
- The Papal Bull - Exsurge Domine (1520)
- The Augsburg Confession and Apology (1531)
- The Luther Bible (1534)
- The historic English Bibles of the 1530's
- The first printed Spanish Bible - Biblia del Oso (1569)
- 1580 editions of the Book of Concord
- The Geneva Bible (1599)
In addition to viewing J.S. Bach's original Bible, exhibit guests will have an opportunity to explore a beautiful facsimile edition of this book produced by Dingeman van Wijnen.
Learn more about the Bach Bible!
Presented in collaboration with:
- Buswell Library Special Collections at Wheaton College
- Feehan Memorial Library at University of St. Mary of the Lake
- Gruber Rare Books Collection at Lutheran School of Theology
- Concordia Seminary Library Special Collections
- Concordia Theological Seminary Library
- Lilly Library
- The Newberry Library
- James White Library at Andrews University
Exhibit Gallery Guides
Ferguson Art Gallery Exhibit
September 1 – November 5
- Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Rare Book Exhibit - Kretzmann 271
October 8 - November 5
- Sundays, 1-4 p.m.
- Tuesdays, 9-10:45am
- Wednesdays Afternoons, 1-4 p.m.
- Wednesday Evenings, 7-9 p.m.
- Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.
Private Tours and Group Visits
Groups of 15 or more are asked to RSVP their attendance during general viewing hours.
Private viewings of the Rare Books exhibit are available upon request. Please email Reformation@CUChicago.edu
Special Event Hours
- October 8 - 2-6 p.m. - Exhibit Grand Opening
- October 19 - 1-2p.m. - Seminar for Spanish Speaking Church Professionals October 21 - 1-3 p.m. - Career's For Christ Weekend
- October 22-24 - Lectures in Church Music
- Oct. 22: 2-4 p.m. Evento de la Reforma a los 500 años. Public Lecture on Cassiodoro de Reina and the Spanish Bible of the Bear
- Oct. 22: 3-4 p.m.; 5:30-7 p.m.; 8:30-10p.m.
- Oct. 23: 8-9:15 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; 7-8pm; 9:30-10 p.m.
- Oct. 24: 8-9:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; 4-4:30 p.m.
- October 28 - 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; 3-4 p.m. - Reformation Celebration Day
- October 30 - 5pm-7:15pm; 9-10 p.m. - The Reformation at 500: An Interdenominational Conversation
- October 31 - 9-10:45 a.m.; 12-4 p.m.; 6-7:15 pm; 8:45-10 p.m. - Reformation Day and Evening Vespers
Exhibit Grand Opening and Reception
Sunday, October 8
Ferguson & Kretzmann Galleries
Join us for a first look at this groundbreaking display of historical documents related to the Reformation.
- 2-3 p.m. - Gallery reception and talk
- 3-6 p.m. - Rare books exhibit open
- 3-6 p.m. - Bach's Clavierubung, Part III, Organ recital
Starting at 3:00 pm, the Clavierübung Part III will be performed in its entirety by organists associated with Concordia: Susan Leimer Brown, David Christiansen, Jonathan Kohrs, Mary Benson Stahlke, Steven Wente, Dennis Zimmer, Laura Zimmer, and current students and recent graduates: Jacob Palmer, Jessica Wilson, Peter Wykert, and Jeremy Zimmer.