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Museum of the Bible exhibit at the World Meeting of Families

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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 2017.

"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.

Find out more

To learn more about the Museum of the Bible, go to museumofthebible.org.

Stoddard can be reached at cstoddard@catholicherald.com.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015