Historic Bible presented to Waynesburg U president

11-16-turkish-bible-presentedThe Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church of Clarksville, Pennsylvania, presented a historic Turkish Bible to Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee Wednesday, Nov. 16. The Bible, written in Arabic, was printed in Lebanon with the first edition dating back to the year 1000.

Richard Teegarden, elder and clerk of sessions at the church, presented the Bible to President Lee in the president’s office in Miller Hall.

In a letter that accompanied the Bible, the church stated: “We would be grateful if this valued treasure of our church would be received by the University so that it may be properly, respectfully and securely preserved. Our hope and intention would be that by this decision we will not only protect and preserve this unique translation but also make it available for others to use and gain knowledge from, now and for many years to come.”

Teegarden shared that the church is closing at the end of the year and they felt that the Bible should be given to someone who would have the knowledge to appreciate it and the ability to keep it.

“Being of the Turkish language, there is a possibility that students from a wide variety of countries could appreciate having the Bible,” said Teegarden. “Being able to see and use it could give them some insight to the people of this area from long ago who originally came from other countries.”

The Bible was originally left to the church by John Hassen, a member of the church, upon his death in 1966. Hassen was born in Europe but lived most of his life in Clarksville and worked as a coal miner.

President Lee expressed his thanks on behalf of the University to Teegarden and presented him with a special Alpaca woven Waynesburg University scarf.

“We are honored to receive this gift,” said Lee. “We will treasure this wonderful resource and wish to express our gratitude for the generosity of the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church.”

Also in attendance was Rea Redd, professor and director of the Eberly Library, Courtney Dennis, associate director of the Paul R. Stewart Museum, and Rev. Dr. Donald Wilson, member of the University’s Board of Trustees. The Bible will be on display in the Eberly Library on the University’s campus.