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Traveling Exhibit of Biblical Manuscripts Coming to Gordon-Conwell

December 14, 2011

Charlotte, NC— Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary—Charlotte will host a major traveling display of ancient biblical manuscripts and rare printed biblical materials as the centerpiece of its yearlong 20th anniversary celebration.

This exhibit, which will run February 10-13, will feature artifacts handpicked especially for Gordon-Conwell from The Green Collection. Pieces include rare and never before seen biblical artifacts that demonstrate the composition, transmission and preservation of the Bible. Highlights of the exhibit include the following treasures:

  • The earliest text of Hebrews, recently discovered and recovered using a new technology
  • Codex Climaci Rescriptus, the earliest surviving New Testament written in Jesus’ household language of Palestinian Aramaic.
  • A wide variety of ancient scrolls, biblical papyri and biblical manuscripts, including some of the earliest known manuscripts of Scripture.
  • A comprehensive display of all of the major English Bibles through the emergence of the King James Bible and important early American Bibles.
  • Rare printed items, including Bibles and historical items from the Reformation

The Green Collection consists of more than 44,000 biblical artifacts, including North America’s third-largest holding of cuneiform tablets, the second largest holding of Dead Sea Scroll manuscripts outside museums in Israel and Jordan, the largest holding of biblical papyri in North America, extensive early biblical manuscripts, codices and many illuminated texts, and a portion of the Gutenberg Bible and multiple first editions of the English Bible through the King James Version.

The weekend also includes the annual Cooley Lecture, given by Dr. Scott Carroll, Director of The Green Collection and a noted scholar of ancient and medieval manuscripts, on February 12 at 2 p.m. Entitled Ancient Mummies and New Technologies: Resurrecting the Lost Words of the Bible, the lecture will address new discoveries and techniques that are impacting biblical studies. Other weekend events include special talks by Dr. Carroll and live music during portions of the exhibit.

“The seminary is thrilled to host this incredible exhibit for the greater Charlotte community,” says Charlotte Academic Dean Dr. Tim Laniak. “These selections from The Green Collection provide an astounding opportunity for visitors to understand the history of the world's most important book, with many ancient scrolls and manuscripts that have never been seen before on display. It is a must-see for scholars, students and skeptics alike.”

The exhibit will be available for public viewing February 10-13, 2012. Please register online for timed entry: www.gordonconwell.edu/bible. Groups should email Beth McKnight at bmcknight@gordonconwell.edu to reserve a time.