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.
Pattengale said most of the speakers are excited to be a part of “Passages.”
“For many of these scholars, this is a joy for them to be involved with the Green Collection,” he said.
Pattengale said the theme that will run throughout the series is “what's new, what's most recent” in terms of research on manuscripts related to the Green Collection.
Meanwhile, Pattengale, who is distinguished senior fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion, also will be one of the series speakers.
His presentation, “Answers to New Theories Regarding How We Got the Bible,” will be Oct. 4.
Pattengale said his presentation as well as the presentations of the other scholars will help the public understand some of the challenges that have arisen regarding the Bible's authenticity.
He said each year the Bible's veracity is questioned by assorted news magazines and others. Pattengale said part of the goal of the speakers series is to explain what these challenges are, why people are so interested in them and how the Bible has stood the test of time from a historical context.
“Usually they are given too much substantive value,” he said of the challenges. “We will help to separate sensation from substance.”
“Passages” Speaker Series
The following guest speakers and lectures will be presented as part of the free 11-week “Passages” Speakers' Series at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Each lecture will be from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays.
• July 19: David Lyle Jeffrey, Ph.D., Baylor University, “Beyond the Renaissance: Critical Texts and Bible Translation.”
• July 26: Peter Flint, Ph.D., Canada research chair in Dead Sea Scrolls studies, “The Contents and Challenges of the Dead Sea Biblical Scrolls.”
• Aug. 9: Gordon Campbell, Ph.D., University of Leicester, United Kingdom, “The Making of a Bible Classic: The Translation of the King James Bible.”
• Aug. 16: Edwin Yamauchi, Ph.D., Miami (Fla.) University, “The Greatest Archaeological Discoveries and the Old Testament.”
• Aug. 23: Scott Carroll, Ph.D., director of the Green Collection, “The Green Collection: Scientific Breakthroughs and Bible Translation.”
• Sept. 6: Scot McKendrick, Ph.D., British Library, “Manuscript Discoveries and Bible Translation.”
• Sept. 13: Dirk Obbink, Ph.D., Oxford University, “Papyri Discoveries and Bible Translation.”
• Sept. 20: Alister McGrath, Ph.D., King's College, United Kingdom, “What Do William Tyndale and C.S. Lewis Have in Common.”
• Sept. 27: Ralph Hanna, Ph.D., Oxford University, “Richard Rolle's Impact on the English Bible.”
• Oct. 4: Jerry Pattengale, Ph.D., director of the Green Scholars Initiative, “Answers to New Theories Regarding How We Got the Bible.”
• Oct. 11: Robert Cooley, Ph.D., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, “The Greatest Archaeological Discoveries and the New Testament.”