Unless you're a real life Indiana Jones, it's not too likely
you've beheld fragments of the Dead Sea Scroll or a first
edition of the King James Bible in real life. Or at least
that was the case until the Museum of the Bible curated
"Verbum Domini," an exhibit that premiered at the Vatican in
2012. An abbreviated version of the exhibit, "Verbum Domini
II," features 80 artifacts related to the history of the
Bible in printed book form as part of this week's programming
at the World Meeting of Families at the Pennsylvania
Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia. Spread over
15,000 square feet, the exhibit contains 24 display cases in
eight galleries, covering the Bible's history as a physical
book everywhere from North Africa to the Latin West to China.
"We are delighted to have such an extraordinary and deeply
moving exhibition in Verbum Domini as part of the World
Meeting of Families and Papal Visit," said Robert J.
Ciaruffoli, President of the World Meeting of Families -
Philadelphia 2015. "In bringing such important religious
texts to Philadelphia for this event, Museum of the Bible
truly brings them to the world.
"The Bible is the best-selling, most translated book of all
time and is arguably history's most significant piece of
literature," said Steve Green, chairman of the Board of
Museum of the Bible and president of national retailer Hobby
Lobby. "It has had an unquestionable influence on science,
education, democracy, arts and society. This book has also
profoundly impacted lives across the ages, including my own."
Thus far, the Museum of the Bible has brought exhibits to
Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Charlotte, Colorado Springs,
Springfield (MO), Los Angeles, the Vatican, Jerusalem and
Havana, Cuba, in addition to college campuses across the
United States. The Museum will open a 43,000-square-foot
brick-and-mortar institution in Washington in the fall of
"Verbum Domini II" is open to the general public, not just
registered WMOF participants. You have until 5 p.m. Sept. 26
to see it. Admission is free.
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