Kampen Collection is one of the largest private assemblages
of rare Bibles, scrolls, artifacts, and biblical manuscripts in
the world and is the centerpiece of Sola Scriptura's ministry. It
is an expression of our commitment to God's Word and a tangible
example of everything the ministry represents. The Collection affirms
God's careful preservation of His Word and inspires a renewed appreciation
for the Holy Scriptures. Sola Scriptura has partnered with The
Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida, where the Collection
is on loan and housed at The Scriptorium: Center for Biblical
Antiquities. This interactive museum traces the transmission
of God's Word over the centuries by exhibiting many of the items
in dramatic displays. Special seminars highlighting certain manuscripts
are presented to the public, and the entire collection is subject
to ongoing scholarly research.
Kampen Collection was founded in 1986 by Robert and Judith Van Kampen.
In 1994 the Van Kampens established a privately-funded research
library for the purpose of presenting the Collection to the academic
community as well as the general public. The Scriptorium: Center
for Christian Antiquities, located in Grand Haven, MI, housed the
Collection and provided a unique setting for research, cataloguing,
and the presentation of the holdings. In 2002, the Collection relocated
405, Bible in Latin, Nicholas Jenson, Venice, 1479
was written by forty different human authors over a 1500-year period.
While the original Autographs were perfect, the process of hand
copying resulted in derivations from the original texts. Although
no major doctrines of the faith have been compromised, decisions
about which reading is correct necessitates an on-going study. The
Van Kampen Collection is a history of that study.
older institutional rare book collections, the Van Kampen Collection
continues to grow. Its distinct focus reflecting the historical
transmission and various states of the biblical texts highlights
the sovereign hand of God in the preservation of His precious word.
An array of exemplary books and manuscripts from many cultures and
eras makes the Collection an invaluable resource in the process
of affirming the authenticity, accuracy, and authority of God's
Word - the Bible.
The Ancient Period