President Joe Biden was sworn in on a very big Bible with a long family history.
The Bible has been in his family since 1893, which by calculation dates back nearly 128 years ago. Every time he takes an oath of office, that is the 19th century heavily strong holy bible he has been using; including during his first Senate swearing-in in 1973 as well as his swearing-in as vice president in 2009 and 2013.
Joe Biden has been a Politician for 50 years now. And the historic leather-bound Bible, which is now old and five inches thick, accented with a Celtic cross, has been what he has always held on to.
Speaking to Stephen Colbert last month, the then President-elect disclosed to the late-night talk show host that the old Bible is one of his family’s most valued possession that has been pass down from generation to generation.
“It’s just been a family heirloom on the Biden side of the family and every important date is in there,”
“For example, every time I’ve been sworn in for anything, the date has been on that and is inscribed on the Bible.”
The Bible is a 19th century Douay & Rheims edition. The reason it is so enormous in size is because the historic edition contains in-depth commentary from Father George Leo Haydock – a British priest and Bible scholar.
His edition of the Douay Bible was the most popular English Catholic Bible of the 19th century.
The editions often include essays, glossaries, pop biographies and pages to record dates.
Biden’s late son Beau, who died in 2015 of brain cancer, went on to use the family heirloom when he was sworn in as Delaware attorney general back in 2007.
Just like Ronald Reagan and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joe Biden follows in a tradition of many other presidents who used family-owned scriptures to take their oaths.
After inauguration, he has become the second Catholic president in US history.
We look forward to having a nation’s future driven by thoughtfulness, not tantrums and tweets!