Johannes Gutenberg

Updated: Dec 11, 2021

Video from Museum of the Bible

"What was the most impactful event of the second millennium AD? Was it the airplane? Gunpowder? Or maybe the discovery of oil? Or the flushing toilet?Nooo. . . In LIFE Magazine’s list of the “Top 100 events of the Last Millennium—with Number 1 having the most impact on the lives of people in the last 1,000 years? Drum roll please...... Gutenberg prints the Bible! Reading and writing was limited to an elite number of nobles or scribes. But in the 15th century, a literate middle class craving knowledge created an atmosphere for innovation in ways to mass produce the written word. Gutenberg’s system of movable type made it possible! LIFE Magazine wrote: "When Johannes Gutenberg created his run of 200 gorgeously typeset Bibles in 1455, he unleashed an information epidemic that rages to this day. Without it the Protestant Reformation movement might have been stillborn.” Engage with the Bible—this Book of Books! Copyright © 2016 Museum of the Bible. All rights reserved." from video introduction.

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