Event calendar
2017. September
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
Ráday Collection - Bible Museum - Budapest
Museum entrance
Address: 1092, Budapest Ráday utca 28.
Phone number: (1) 218-0266 /161, (30) 560-2934
Opening hours: 01.10-31.07.: Tue-Sun 10-17
The Bible Museum was founded in 1988 as part of the Ráday collection of the Danube-side Calvinist Division.

The official name of the museum is The World of the Bible Museum, because besides the beautifully printed old Bibles the museum also gives an insight into the background of the origin of the Book. Visitors can learn about the events and history of the Biblical people and the formation of the Bible itself.

The Museum can be devided into 4 different segments. 1: Archeology and the Bible. 2: History of the text and writing of the Bible. 3: History of the Hungarian Bible. 4: Bibles translated into other languages of the world.

Biblical archeology illustrates the stories involved in the Bible, and as such helps us better understand the written Word. Looking through the Egyptian materials, one can recall Joseph's stories, the Exodus, and the time of the wandering in the wilderness. In chronological order we can see the Cananite sanctuary found under the ruins of Hasor; Mesah, the column of the king of Moab, which tells us interesting stories of the times when under the names of Israel and Juda the kingdom separated.
The reliefs from the time of the Assyrian Empire teaches us about the times when Israel were to struggle for survival. Items are displayed from the time of the Babilonian Empire, which tell us about the Babilonian bondage and delivarence. Cyrus, the king of Persia gave permission to the Jewish race to leave Babilon and return home once again. Then the exhibition will lead us into the world of the Greek culture and the story of Alexander the Great.
The era of the Roman Empire tells visitors about the birth of Christ and the fast spreading of Christianity. Items displayed contain materials about the early Christian history of Pannonia, too.

The display about the textual and writing development of the Bible begins with the importance of the discoveries made in Qumran.
When we hear the word 'book' we mostly think of a printed material of some form, but printing is only applicable to the tenth of the 5000-year period of reading and writing. Back in old days books meant rolls of papyrus, and before that words carved into tables of clay. There is a long way from rolls of papyrus through drown codexes to the first printed Bible.

The history of the Hungarian Bible is closely and nicely connected to the history of the Hingarian mother tongue. The first translations of parts of the Book were kept for us from the beginning of the 15th centuary in the Bécsi-, Münvheni-, and Apor codexes. Reformation and printing opened a new era in the history of the Hungarian Bible translations. Visitors can see Bibles in the translation of Benedek Komjáthy, Gábor Pesty Mizsér, János Sylvester, Gáspár Heltai, and other Bibles translated and published in later times.
In the centre the first entire Bible translation is displayed, the work of which was done by the Calvinist pastor and dean of Gönc, Gáspár Károli. The Bible translated by him is called the Vizsolyi Biblia (1590). Among the many beautiful and valued Bible copies, one of the most cherished by the museum is the one that belonged to the emperor I. György Rákóczi. Notes are in this Bible were written by the emperor's own hand.

The last part of the museum exhibits a collection of the Bible translated into foreign languages.