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December 23, 2008

Obama to Be Sworn in Using Lincoln's Bible

Barack Obama will be sworn into office using President Abraham Lincoln's Bible, the first time it has been used since its original use in 1861.

Perhaps the news will snuff out the false rumors that Obama would choose the Koran. Or maybe it will distract people from the Rick Warren pick for a few minutes.

The press release from the transition team about the Bible is after the jump.

"Washington, D.C. - On January 20th, President-elect Barack Obama will take the oath of office using the same Bible upon which President Lincoln was sworn in at his first inauguration. The Bible is currently part of the collections of the Library of Congress. Though there is no constitutional requirement for the use of a Bible during the swearing-in, Presidents have traditionally used Bibles for the ceremony, choosing a volume with personal or historical significance. President-elect Obama will be the first President sworn in using the Lincoln Bible since its initial use in 1861.

'President-elect Obama is deeply honored that the Library of Congress has made the Lincoln Bible available for use during his swearing-in,' said Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett Beliveau. 'The President-elect is committed to holding an Inauguration that celebrates America's unity, and the use of this historic Bible will provide a powerful connection to our common past and common heritage.' "

More from the transition's release:

"The Lincoln Bible will be available for a press viewing between 11:00 AM and Noon today in the Members' Room on the first floor of the Library of Congress' Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First St. S.E. in Washington, D.C. Video and still cameras are permitted. Media should allow 10-15 minutes to clear security at the First Street entrance to the Jefferson Building. Clark Evans, who heads the Reference Services Section of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, will also be available at that time to answer questions about the Lincoln Bible and the Library. High-resolution photographs of the Bible are also available upon request. RSVP is not required. Please contact the PIC Communications Office with questions.

The Bible was originally purchased by William Thomas Carroll, Clerk of the Supreme Court, for use during Lincoln's swearing-in ceremony on March 4, 1861. The Lincoln family Bible, which is also in the Library of Congress's collection, was unavailable for the ceremony because it was packed away with the First Family's belongings, still en route from Springfield, IL, to their new home at the White House.

The Bible itself is bound in burgundy velvet with a gold-washed white metal rim around the three outside edges of both covers. All its edges are heavily gilded. In the center of the top cover is a shield of gold wash over white metal with the words 'Holy Bible' chased into it. The book is 15 cm long, 10 cm wide, and 4.5 cm deep when closed. The 1,280-page Bible was published in 1853 by the Oxford University Press.

Annotated in the back of the volume, along with the Seal of the Supreme Court, is the following: 'I, William Thomas Carroll, clerk of the said court do hereby certify that the preceding copy of the Holy Bible is that upon which the Honble. R. B. Taney, Chief Justice of the said Court, administered to His Excellency, Abraham Lincoln, the oath of office as President of the United States ...'

The Lincoln Inaugural Bible will be on display at the Library of Congress February 12th to May 9th, 2009, as part of an exhibition titled "With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition." The exhibit will then travel to five other American cities. The Library is planning several other events and programming in commemoration of the bicentennial of the birth of the nation's 16th president, who was born on February 12th, 1809.

On March 4, 2009, the 147th anniversary of Lincoln's first inauguration, the Library of Congress will also be convening an all-day symposium with several renowned Lincoln scholars."


The nerve of Obama to agree to be sworn in on Lincoln"s bible!!!
What did he do to deserve that honor??? I am furious!!!!!!! Toribar

Toribar - He probably did the same thing WE did when Jesus died for us....NOTHING! Lord help us to be more like Jesus in REALITY!! Such carnality of contempt and hatred shames your presence and shames our witness to those that don't know you!

Toribar- Its the words that hold power. Holding the book without using it has no effect on anyone, great or small, however beautiful it may look. Read the word, discover the beauty and life found therein, and your attitude towards matters like that will change. God bless.

Can someone tell me is the Lincoln Bible a King James Version?
Does it contain the Apocrypha as does the King James Version that President Washington used in in his inaugural?

I have also tried to find out what version this bible is. per http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trt040.html it is "The Holy Bible. Oxford: 1853" It was not the bible the Lincoln used for his personal study because his was packed away in a box that was being moved to Washington after he had won the election. So this bible
Per http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2008/08-236.html "The Bible itself is bound in burgundy velvet with a gold-washed white metal rim around the three outside edges of both covers. All its edges are heavily gilt. In the center of the top cover is a shield of gold wash over white metal with the words "Holy Bible" chased into it. The book is 15 cm long, 10 cm wide, and 4.5 cm deep when closed. The 1,280-page Bible was published in 1853 by the Oxford University Press." I can't confirm that it doesn't have the apocrypha, but from what I have recently read it is very likely that it dosen't include it since it had mostly disappeared from the Authorized version with the rise of independent bible societies around 1827.

I did find out that Washington's inagural bible was the King James with Apocrypha. per http://www.stjohns1.org/bible.htm It was
“Printed by Mark Baskett, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, London 1767.” The major update to modernise and standardize the text of the Authorized version did not come about until 2 years later in 1767, so I don't know how much this differs from the 1611 version. It is interesting that this bible has been used many times for major events and inaugurations in Washington DC, and that it was and still is the property of the Washinton Masonic Lodge.

I'm repulsed by Toribar's comments. The fact is: Barack Obama won the election. However, the Bible is clear: God places leaders of nations into positions of authority for God's sovereign purposes. Abraham Lincoln is my fifth great uncle. My mother grew up in the deep South. In a time when hatred was popularly embraced by too many people who call themselves 'Christians,' I'm proud that my grandmother taught my mom and also myself to respect ALL people regardless of skin color.

Our family is proud of our Lincoln heritage and the fact that he issued the executive order, The Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves free. Any one who reads Lincoln's writings sees that God's Word changed his heart from the inside out. It saddens me that so many hearts have not experienced God's emancipating freedom from the slavery of misplaced anger and prejudice. What a scornful rejection of Christ's sacrifice on the cross for EVERYONE. It certainly must grieve God's heart that we understand so little about his precepts for living and loving those whom God patiently pursues with his love every second of every day.

I'm glad that our first African American President is being sworn in as President of the United States using the Bible upon which President-elect Lincoln was sworn in as President. May we embrace Lincoln's words from his second Inaugural Address, "With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds.... "

Amen, Scoti.
Can you tell us if Mr. Lincoln's inaugural Bible included the Apocrypha as Mr. Washington's did?
If you do a Google you can find a very good discription of Mr. Washington's inaugural Bible and the history behind it.
We're all in this together. God bless us everyone.

God Bless You, Scoti!

It is not what man does but what God does. Can we pray as intructed by the Word of God for our leaders and allow God to spill grace and mercy on this event for eternal good?

I am so humbled to be living in a time when all cultures come together and a feeling of unity is in the air. I will support President Obama and his family although I did not vote for him. I could not in good conscience vote for anyone who is not pro-life...so I will pray for his decisions about science and life.....but on the issue of the Bible..praise God no matter what version the Bible is that we are still a free Nation and can use a Bible to be sworn in. What is in that Bible should teach us exactly what the great Abraham Lincoln first spoke:"With malice toward non and charity toward all"....Praise God for all the good He will use President Obama for. Amen

man yall are stupid so what if obama uses licolns bible it's the brothas bussines on what he does yall need to stop haten on dat man espacialy you tori bar

doubt many will read and less will uderstand.
King James Version had the apocrypha between testaments. Never was it claimed as inspired. It was a useful tool when christians weren't afraid to witness to those who call their priests by names meant for God only. Worried about the lies of the apocrypha, 98% of new bible versions come from the devils who worked on it. only KJV tells truth of mans sinful nature, only KJV says to study (2Tim2:15). Who doesn't want you to study? Who wants you to feel good and not strive to be better? only KJV does not give Lucifer the title of Jesus Christ in Isaish 14:12.
Have you told anyone lately that Jesus said "ye must be born again!"

"Lucifer" in Isaiah 14:12-17
Translation and Ideology


Dennis Bratcher
The name Lucifer has often been understood to be another name for the devil or the satan. This identification has a long history in the church, going back to at least the fourth century. Its origin is actually from a passage in the Old Testament from the book of Isaiah that, to some, speaks of a being cast out of heaven because of pride. Since some people see a reference to the devil being cast out of heaven in the New Testament (Rev 12:9-12; cf. Lk 10:18), they assumed that the Isaiah passage referred to the same thing.
The passage (NRSV): 14:12
How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! 13 You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High.’ 15 But you are brought down to Sheol, to the depths of the Pit. 16 Those who see you will stare at you, and ponder over you: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, 17 who made the world like a desert and overthrew its cities, who did not let his prisoners go home?’
In the King James translation, verse 12 reads:
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Here is where we find the name Lucifer. The term Lucifer was popularized in English from this King James translation. However, the name does not come from the Hebrew or even from the Greek translation (Septuagint), but from the 4th century AD Latin translation of this verse: