The Book of Kells is one of the most beautiful and revered illustrated manuscripts of the Scriptures. A beautiful book with text by Ben MackworthPraud tells its remarkable story. The copyists displayed their love for the scriptures by their beautiful artwork and ornamentation. It is quite remarkable that the book has survived. It was stolen seven times before 1006.

It was once buried for three months, It passed into the hands of the family of an abbot of the monastery that owned it and was sold several times. For a time it was the possession of the army in Ireland. For many years it lay unprotected in an open room in a castle. Finally it was presented to Trinity College in Dublin, where it remains to this day. The survival of this particular copy of God's Word is indeed quite remarkable. Even more remarkable is the survival of the Bible itself. It has been criticized and even ridiculed from generation to generation, yet it remains and still leads the best seller list.


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Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.