Mr. Arvello began collecting Bibles and Bible pages in 2011 which was the year of the 400th anniversary of the King James version of the Bible, the 1611 version. He discovered that buying single leaves (pages) from noteworthy Bibles such as Martin Luther’s 1529 German New Testament and a Latin Bible handwritten in Europe in the 1260s was not that expensive. His collection grew to pages from the 1782 Aitken Bible which was authorized by Congress and distributed to Revolutionary War soldiers, and pages from Bibles of 1482, 1536, 1709 and many others.
He has displayed his historical bibles from Dallas, Houston and San Antonio to Arkansas and Las Vegas. His collection also includes the book of sermons by Lancelot Andrewes, the English bishop and scholar who oversaw the translation of the King James Version and “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” by John Fox.
“My main purpose for this collection is to help people to understand the history of how we got the Bible in general and for people to appreciate the sacrifice made through the centuries for us to have the Word of God.”