The Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. has acquired Donald Trump's Bible from his childhood, which he used when he took his oath of office as the 45th President of the United States in January 2017.
Trump's childhood Bible was a Revised Standard Version, which he received from his mother, Mary Anne, to use while he attended Sunday school at the First Presbyterian Church in New York. His teachers had the Bible inscribed when he graduated from Sunday school in 1955.
The president revealed during his campaign that his childhood Bible had his mother's handwriting. She wrote her son's name and address inside its covers. Trump also had a second Bible in his inauguration, which was what President Abraham Lincoln used when he took his oath in 1861.
"We are honored to add this piece of our nation's history to our growing exhibit of presidential Bibles," according to the museum's president Cary Summers. "It is our hope that guests will be able to learn not only about each president's unique Bible, but also about the influence this book has had on government and elected officials around the world."
The Museum of the Bible has placed Trump's book on display at the second floor's "Bible in the World" exhibit. It will be part of the presidential Bibles collection, which also houses the Bibles of presidents Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
Like Trump, Truman used his personal Bible when he took his oath in 1945. Eisenhower, on the other hand, had his Bible opened to Psalm 33:12 when he was sworn in as the President of the United States in 1953.
Bush's Bible was a present from the Air Force One crew on his last day of office in 1993, which the Museum of the Bible received on loan from his estate. It joined the Bush family Bible, which Bush used when he took office in 1989. It was also the same one his son used when he himself became president in 2001.
The Museum of the Bible opened its doors in November. Aside from the presidential Bible collection, the museum also features Bibles and Bible artifacts from historical figures, religious and political leaders.