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Texts like this page from the Gutenberg Bible will put visitors to the Sacra Pagina exhibit in closer touch with the spiritual heritage of Western civilization.

This spring, Indiana Wesleyan University will offer the public a chance to view some of the oldest and rarest copies of the Bible in the world when the Sacra Pagina Exhibit comes to the IWU Jackson Library April 2-4.

The Sacra Pagina exhibit is a traveling arm of the Green Collection, which is one of the largest private collections of Biblical manuscripts in the world. The collection contains more than 40,000 artifacts to capture the interest both of Bible scholars and of anyone seeking a stronger connection with their spiritual heritage.

The Sacra Pagina exhibit contains around 40 documents from diverse times and places, ranging from the Middle East in the time of the very earliest writing systems to America in the years of the USA’s founding. Special features include manuscripts of the New Testament from the era of the early church, historic English and Latin translations of the Bible, an original printed Gutenberg Bible and a legendary book called the Codex Climaci Rescriptus, an ancient copy of the Bible in Jesus’ native language found on the shelf of one of the oldest monasteries in the world.

The exhibit also features educational displays on LCD screens showing recent archaeological efforts to rescue ancient manuscripts from the wrappings of Egyptian mummies. The Sacra Pagina exhibit is an excellent destination for school field trips, church small groups, homeschool families or anyone else interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the single most important book in the history of Western civilization.

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This ancient Bible, found in one of the world’s oldest monasteries, will be at IWU next month.

The exhibit comes to IWU as part of a celebration inducting David Green, the CEO of Hobby Lobby and the owner of the Green Collection, into Indiana Wesleyan University’s Society of World Changers. The public is invited to a convocation honoring Green on Wednesday morning, April 3 at 10:00 a.m. in the IWU Chapel Auditorium. A bust of Green will go on display that day in the Library, near the site of the exhibit.

The exhibit will be open in a classroom next to the Jackson Library Rotunda for three days: on April 2 from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m,. April 3 from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and April 4 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., with a lunch break from 2:00-3:00 p.m. No photography is allowed in the exhibit area.

All photos courtesy Green Collection.

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