On his way to church in December 2011, Tim Shier of Marysville, Ohio, discovered that he had been the victim of a robbery. Walking outside, Shier’s “heart sank” when he realized that his gun safe had been stolen from his shop. His despondency was not over the loss of guns or money, however. The Columbus Dispatch explains:
It was the Bible — the one that had been in the Shier family for 300 years and entrusted to his care — that had him in tears on that Sunday morning. The Bible had been in the safe.
Printed in Germany in 1706 and written in German Gothic script, the Lutheran Bible contains the handwritten dates of births and deaths and marriages for seven generations.