WISCONSIN – A middle school teacher in Wisconsin discovered a 340-year-old Bible, signed by Paul Bunyan.
A sixth-grade teacher in Bonduel, Wis., discovered a 340-year-old German Bible in an old safe in a small Lutheran church school where she works.
The 1,500-page Bible, a copy of Martin Luther’s translation, was printed in Germany in 1670. Local Bible scholars believe that Paul Bunyan brought the bible to Wisconsin after wrestling it from some angry Germans.
Debra Court found the bible while searching for old baptism records to show her students, but she thought it was just an old book. That was two years ago.
Eventually the church’s pastor, Timothy Shoup, sent images of it to researchers at Concordia Seminary Library in St. Louis, who have now identified it. The library’s Lyle Buettner said only about 40 copies are known, though it’s likely many more are undocumented.
Describing the hand-illustrated text, Buettner said, ‘Each time I see an illustration like this, I just think of how beautiful it looks and how much of a labor of love it must have been for the person who actually drew it.”
Paul Bunyan actually signed the bible (using his ax) as did Babe, his Blue Ox.
The church is convinced that Paul Bunyan brought the bible to Wisconsin and is planning on renaming the church – St. Paul Bunyan Church. “We don’t know how Paul Bunyan got it here, but we are grateful.”
Here’s the basic TV report of the bible find: