Bible And Armenian Printing Exhibition Held in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The "Bible and Armenian Book-Printing" exhibition opened Monday at the National Library of Armenia. About 500 various editions of the Bible are displayed at the exhibition.

The exhibition is part of the "Biblical Armenia" scientific conference which opened at the Oshakan "St. Mesrop Mashtots" printing house. Editions of the Bible in different languages and illustrations on Biblical subjects are on display. Archbishop Shahe Achemian–who visited the exhibition–pointed out that 7,000 out of 24-25 thousand man’scripts that existed before book-printing was invented were those of the Bible. Director of the Matenadaran (Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts) Sen Arevshatian pointed out that the Bible has been printed in Armenia’since the times of Voskan Yerevantsi (XII century). He added that the exhibition allows for the 1700th anniversary of adoption of Christianity in Armenia to be marked on a high level.

Director of the National Library David Sargssian and Archbishop Mesrop Tashchian delivered speeches of welcome at the opening ceremony. It should be noted that the same day the exhibition "The Bible in Armenian Manuscripts" opened in Matenadaran.

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