Learn about the Library’s historic Bible collection from Dr. Donald Brake, an authority and author on rare Bibles, and Pam Winstead, the Library’s Curator. They’ll discuss what this impressive collection offers the Bible scholar and enthusiast, as well as the collector. Listeners will gain a deeper appreciation for how these volumes came to be and learn about the Bible’s significance to understanding key turning points in history.

In addition, you can:

  • find an online catalogue of the Library’s historic Bible collection here.
  • read a blog post about the creation of an online version of the collection here.
  • read Dr. Brake’s impressions of the Library’s collection, published in The Washington Times (as reprinted in the April 16, 2012 Christian Science Sentinel) here.

Episode guests

Donald L. Brake, Sr., Ph.D
Donald BrakeDr. Brake is an authority on rare Bibles and the author of books and articles on the history of the Bible. His work A Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of the World’s Bestselling Book, published in 2008, was an ECPA Christian Book Award Finalist in 2009. An avid collector of rare Bibles, Dr. Brake has worked with many individual collectors and institutions, including The Mary Baker Eddy Library, to evaluate their historic Bible collections. He taught at Multnomah Bible College and was later appointed Dean of the Multnomah Bible Seminary.

Pam Winstead
Pam WinsteadPam Winstead is Curator at The Mary Baker Eddy Library, where she has worked for the past 12 years. Before coming to the Library, Pam held a variety of positions in the museum field, including Costume Curator and Textile Conservator at the Indiana State Museum; Assistant Curator at the Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection at Indiana University; Assistant Textile Conservator at the Textile Conservation Workshop in S. Salem, NY; and Museum Technician at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.


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