- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - Hastings College officials are asking for the return of a 1921 Bible valued at $6,000 that may have been stolen from the campus library’s collection.

An anonymous donor is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of the two-volume Jewish Bible, according to The Grand Island Independent (https://bit.ly/17z4XY0 ). Matt Fong, the college’s chief of staff, said no questions will be asked of the person returning the book, which was donated to the college in 2007. The college is in the south-central Nebraska city of Hastings and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

The Bible was discovered missing about six months ago, when the donor asked to see it. It was part of Perkins Library’s permanent collection, Fong said. College officials don’t know how long it’s been missing.

“We’ve checked with everyone on campus, so all indication is that, since nobody on campus has it, that it was taken maliciously from the library,” Fong told the newspaper.

This Jewish Bible - also referred to as a Hebrew Bible or the Tanach - was printed in 1921 for The Roxburghe Club, a society of bibliophiles that was founded in 1812 and is based in West Sussex, England. A college news release said the Bible features an intricate cover design on brown Moorish leather and many color plates from the original manuscript.

“We feel bad in the sense that it was a gift to the college from a donor, and feel we need to do our due diligence to take care of those gifts to the college and put it back in its permanent place in Perkins Library,” Fong said.

Fong told The Associated Press on Friday that he’s not aware of any arrests being made. He said Hastings College officials aren’t looking to press charges.

“We just want the Bible back,” he said.


Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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