Now in Jerusalem, rare George Washington thumb Bible goes online

Some two centuries after it was printed, a rare miniature Bible dedicated to the first president of the United States has come to Jerusalem, where the National Library of Israel has made it freely accessible online for the first time.

According to experts, less than a dozen copies of the special edition of the Bible remain in public hands. The book, measuring about 51 by 35 millimeters (2 by 1.375 inches), includes both the Old and New Testaments written in a paraphrased form.

The full dedication reads, “To his Excellency G. Washington, President of the United States of America. Most hopeful George, into thy hands we give, The sum of that which makes us ever live. And tho’ the volume and the work be small, Yet it contains the sum of all in all.”

The paraphrased biblical text appearing in the edition was originally written by John Taylor, a well-known 16th- to 17th-century English poet. The book includes a number of crude early American woodcuts depicting biblical scenes and figures. It was printed in Rutland, Vermont, between 1813 and 1815. TIMES OF ISRAEL

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