Found: Stolen Bible

Posted: April 29, 2019

They found it! This 17th-century Geneva Bible was stolen from a Pittsburgh library as part of a 20-year-long theft scheme. Now it has come back home.

The Bible was published in 1615. It was among more than 300 rare books, maps, and atlases discovered missing from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh last year. People accused someone who used to work at the library of stealing them. A rare book dealer is accused of helping with the theft too. Altogether, the items were worth more than $8 million.

Several other Bibles like this historic one exist. So it’s not exactly priceless . . . unless you think about its historical value. The first edition of the Geneva Bible was published in 1560. This edition was published in London four years after the first King James version. It’s a lot like the one brought to America by the Pilgrims in 1620.

Wearing blue latex gloves, an FBI agent displays the Bible. She carefully opens its weathered pages. But the search work isn’t done yet. People have found only 18 of the stolen items so far.

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. ― Isaiah 40:8

FBI supervisory special agent Shawn Brokos shows the recovered 1615 Breeches Edition Bible during a news conference on April 25 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)