NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – In stark contrast to the acrimonious Lower Manhattan Islamic cultural center controversy, a new exhibit in Midtown is intended to bridge divides and foster good relations among religions.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports

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Sacred texts, ancient manuscripts – centuries-old, embossed with gold, illuminated, and illustrated, holy words on vellum, yellowed with age.

The words of three religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are now side-by-side at the New York Public Library.

Library president Dr. Paul LeClerc says in a world of strife, here we see common bonds and shared traditions.

“There’s Abraham himself. There is the whole notion of revelation. There is the whole phenomenon of the prophets,” LeClerc said to WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

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This free exhibit – called “Three Faiths” – from the library’s own collection is sponsored, in part, by the Coexist Foundation.

LINK: New York Public Library – Three Faiths

The foundation’s director, James Kidner, says, “It’s got a fantastic, inspirational theme running through it, which is the capacity over the years of faiths to coexist with one another.”

The exhibit is at the D. Samuel and Jeane H. Gottesman Exhibition Hall in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (5th Avenue at 42nd Street).

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“Three Faiths” runs from October 22, 2010 to February February 27, 2011.