This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Religious reading at Bible exhibition
A church has hosted a touring exhibition of ancient and modern bibles.
The National Bible Exhibition, the largest of its kind, has sparked a great deal of interest in Ashby.
It was on display at Ashby Christadelphian Church, in Union Passage, as part of the town's Bible Week.
The collection included copies of the King James Bible, which remains one of the best-selling books of all time 401 years after its first publication.
Bible enthusiast Tom Ingham said: "The Bible is the centre of our beliefs and yet many people have never read it, or haven't looked at it for years.
"Sometimes people are put off by the old language while others doubt its authenticity or just don't see the point of it.
"The aim of the exhibition was to answer these questions and to show that the Bible is just as relevant in 2012 as it was in the days that it was written."
The exhibition included a range of ancient and modern Bibles, including a 13th century Latin manuscript, a modern facsimile of the first printed Bible and a 16th century Jewish scroll.
There were also video presentations and children's activities. Visitors were also asked to bring in their own old or unusual Bibles.