Friday, April 1, 2011

Oklahoma City Museum of Art: "Passages"

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will be the first stop for "Passages," a worldwide traveling exhibit of historic biblical texts and artifacts.  According to NewsOK, the exhibition, which opens May 16 and closes October 16, “will have some of the most incredible rare biblical artifacts in private hands in the world,” [Hobby Lobby President Steve] Green said. “It will tell the story of the history of the English Bible.”

The exhibition's website, Explore Passages, describes what visitors will find:
Passages' 14,000-square-foot, interactive, non-sectarian, worldwide traveling exhibition will enable visitors to see, touch, feel and experience the dramatic and surprising story of thousands of years of Bible history. Included in the exhibition is one of the earliest pieces of Genesis, along with the Codex Climaci Rescriptus, one of the earliest-surviving, near-complete Bibles, and the most extensive early biblical texts in Jesus' household language of Palestinian Aramaic.

"The Bible didn't come from Mount Sinai to Moses and end up in a Red Roof Inn desk drawer," continued [Collection Director Scott] Carroll. "There was a process and Passages tells the dramatic story of that process."
I hope Elliot has a chance to see this exhibit in OKC.  It should be amazing.  Enjoy some pictures and a news video about Passages after the jump.

All pictures and descriptions are from Explore Passages.  The video is from NewsOK.

Imitatio Christi, 1473 - First printed edition of Thomas à Kempis' Imitation of Christ.

Cloisonné Megillah Scroll Case, 18c. - Ornate case for an Esther scroll.

Codex Climaci Rescriptus, 4-9c. - A palimpsest manuscript
on vellum in Christian Palestinian Aramaic, Greek and Syriac.

Biblia Germania, Koberger, 1483 - An early German Bible filled with evocative, colored woodcuts.

Spanish Inquisition Sefer Torah Scroll on Gvil, 14c. - One of the earliest Sefer Torahs from Spain.

Moroccan Torah Scroll with Mantle, 18c. - Colorful mantle covering a Torah scroll on Gvil.

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