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Bible Inscribed By Einstein Sold At Auction

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#1    kannin


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Posted 28 June 2013 - 05:15 PM

A Bible inscribed by Albert Einstein was sold at an auction in New York City for $68,500 on Tuesday (June 25), though the buyer's name was not disclosed.

In 1932, Albert Einstein gave the gift to a woman named Harriet Hamilton, who was a friend of his wife Elsa Einstein. On the front page, the physics genius wrote a German note suggesting that the Bible was a source of great wisdom and consolation and should be read frequently, according to Bonham's, which auctioned the Bible.

Einstein's religious beliefs have fueled intense speculation over the years. Though he was quite devout in childhood, he later disavowed allegiance to any organized religion and subscribed to a pantheist view of a God that is part of everything in Nature, but uninvolved in the everyday affairs of men. After the Holocaust, he wrote to the philosopher Eric Gutkind that the Bible was simply a collection of "primitive legends" that are honorable but ultimately childish.


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Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:30 PM

There's an article on this here


The inscription is not as surprising as the OP article makes out. Einstein was a great admirer of Jesus, the man, and thought that his sayings were eloquent. (The Bible in question was a Christian Bible). The comparison to 1954 is simply bogus.

Einstein did not write that (Jewish) Bible stories were "pretty childish." That was made up by an anonymous employee of a British auction house in 2008 who "translated" the 1954 German letter. You know, like West Side Story is a "translation" of Romeo and Juliet. Einstein didn't write that.

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