Thursday, December 27, 2007

On Baha'is in the Bible Belt: Exhibit of Bibles Is Sponsored by Two Baha'i Communities

"Jeremiah in the well, from a 19th Century Bible" Uploaded on October 22, 2006 by seriykotik1970 on flickr, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

My friend Charles, who with his wife Peggy has moved back down to Oklahoma, reminds me that he now lives in the belt-buckle of the Bible belt. The Bible is a big deal to Oklahomans in general and to Baha'i Oklahomans as well, given the recognition by Baha'is of the essential oneness of all religions and the signficance of the scripture associated with them. -gw

NORMAN — Farhad Rohani has been collecting books for more than 40 years. His 1,500-volume collection includes a set of rare Victorian-era Bibles. ...

Now, Rohani is putting his collection on display in the Campbell Reading Room Gallery at the Norman Public Library, 225 N Webster Ave. The exhibit features examples of the ornate, opulently bound volumes that were popular in the mid to late 1800s. ...

It's so awesome, it's hard to wrap your mind around it,” [Norman resident April] Ghassemi said, eyeing a small Bible bound in purple velvet. "The people who came to these for comfort ... it's awe-inspiring.”

The exhibit, sponsored by the Baha'i communities of Norman and Moore, will be on display through Monday during regular library hours.

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