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Oklahoma City Museum of Art to launch world-renowned Bible scholars' series Tuesday in conjunction with "Passages"

by Brandy McDonnell Published: July 18, 2011
An extraordinarily rare and fabulously illustrated, painted and gilded early edition of Martin Luther's famous September Testament dates back to 1524. The woodcuts series that accompany the Revelation provide a vivid and literal perspective on the meaning of the text. The lavish copy was doubtless commissioned by a member of the nobility close to Luther and is included in the "Passages" exhibit. (Photo provided by The Green Collection)
An extraordinarily rare and fabulously illustrated, painted and gilded early edition of Martin Luther's famous September Testament dates back to 1524. The woodcuts series that accompany the Revelation provide a vivid and literal perspective on the meaning of the text. The lavish copy was doubtless commissioned by a member of the nobility close to Luther and is included in the "Passages" exhibit. (Photo provided by The Green Collection)

Passages Oklahoma City, OK

Visitors to the “Passages” exhibition at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will have a unique opportunity to learn about new biblical research findings and insights on historical Bible translations beginning Tuesday. The “Passages” Speakers’ Series will bring acclaimed biblical scholars from around the world to Oklahoma City weekly through October — and it is free and open to the public.

“While movies like National Treasure, The Da Vinci Code and Indiana Jones tell of quests for fictional treasures, the real-life treasure hunters of the Green Scholars Initiative are uncovering new scientific mysteries in ancient biblical texts and manuscripts,” said Dr. Jerry Pattengale, who directs the initiative, in a news release. “The public will now get the rare opportunity to hear directly from these world-class experts at no cost.”

The Passages Speakers’ Series debuts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the museum’s Noble Theater with guest lecturer Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey of Baylor University talking about “Beyond the Renaissance: Critical Texts and Bible Translation.” It will continue most Tuesdays through the exhibit’s run at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

“Passages” is the nonsectarian, worldwide traveling exhibition of The Green Collection, among the world’s newest and largest private collections of rare biblical manuscripts and artifacts. The collection is named for the Green family, founder-owners of Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby.

“Passages” is making its world premiere at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art through Oct. 16 and then will travel to Vatican City and New York City.

The 14,000-square-foot multimedia exhibit is debuting during the year of the 400th of anniversary of the King James Bible. “Passages” spans 2,000 years to tell the story of the translation and publication of the Bible in English

Exhibition items that help to tell the story include a Dead Sea Scroll text, ancient biblical papyri, intricately illuminated manuscripts, a portion of the Gutenberg Bible, and multiple first editions of the English Bible through the King James Version.

For more information, go to www.okcmoa.com or www.explorepassages.com.

See the “Passages” Speakers’ Series schedule after the break.

“PASSAGES” SPEAKERS’ SERIES SCHEDULE:

Tuesday

Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, Baylor University

“Beyond the Renaissance: Critical Texts and Bible Translation”

July 26

Dr. Peter Flint, Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies

“The Contents and Challenges of the Dead Sea Biblical Scrolls”

Aug. 9

Dr. Gordon Campbell, University of Leicester (U.K.)

“The Making of a Bible Classic: The Translation of the King James Bible”

Aug. 16

Dr. Edwin Yamauchi, Miami University (Ohio)

“The Greatest Archaeological Discoveries and the Old Testament”

Aug. 23

Dr. Scott Carroll, Director of the Green Collection

“The Green Collection: Scientific Breakthroughs and Bible Translation”

Sept. 6

Dr. Scot McKendrick, The British Library

“Manuscript Discoveries and Bible Translation”

Sept. 13

Dr. Dirk Obbink, Oxford University (UK)

“Papyri Discoveries and Bible Translation”

Sept. 20

Dr. Alister McGrath, King’s College (UK)

“What Do William Tyndale and C.S. Lewis Have in Common?”

Sept. 27

Dr. Ralph Hanna, Oxford University (UK)

“Richard Rolle’s Impact on the English Bible”

Oct. 4

Dr. Jerry Pattengale, Director of the Green Scholars Initiative

“Answers to New Theories Regarding How We Got the Bible”

Oct. 11

Dr. Robert Cooley, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“The Greatest Archaeological Discoveries and the New Testament”

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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