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Artifacts Bible pages handwritten by imprisoned Chinese Christians

“House church” Christians – those who worship in private homes because their churches are not recognized by the government – are often imprisoned for their unauthorized beliefs and activities. These prisoners are typically denied access to religious materials including the Bible. In response to this ban on sacred Scripture, a group of imprisoned believers transcribed each book of the Bible by hand into notebooks and circulated them within the prison. On November 1, 2011, a group of exiled house church Christians presented President and Mrs. Bush with these Bible pages for inclusion in the Freedom Collection. The pages in this notebook comprise the Book of Revelation.

Image provided courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum 

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