Renowned scholars and authorities in ancient texts and manuscripts will discuss recent research and developments during lecture presentations connected with the “Passages” exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
The “Passages” Speaker Series will begin July 19 in the Noble Theater at the museum, 415 Couch Drive.
“Passages,” a 14,000-square-foot traveling exhibit, opened in May to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. The interactive exhibit features nearly 300 items from the Green Collection, one of the world's largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts.
The first speaker for the lecture series is David Lyle Jeffrey, Ph.D., distinguished professor of literature and humanities at Baylor University. His presentation is titled “Beyond the Renaissance: Critical Texts and Bible Translation.”
Jerry Pattengale, Ph.D., director of the Green Scholars Initiative, said the free lecture series is an important component to “Passages.”
“Part of it is it's a tradition to bring in experts from around the field when you have an exhibition, and part of it is it's kind of a coming-out party for the Green Collection,” Pattengale said of the series.
Pattengale said the scholars who will participate in the 11-week series are among the most distinguished in the field of ancient texts and biblical manuscripts and texts.
“It's an opportunity for us to bring the best speakers to Oklahoma City,” he said.