From Script to Scripture: The History of the Bible
Writing began with pictures known as pictographs. These images or shapes represented concepts, not only the object they portrayed. The Egyptians developed a system of symbols and art that became the basis for their language. Egyptian hieroglyphs came to represent both concepts or ideograms and sounds or phonograms. The combination of both was in use for thousands of years. Through many centuries our alphabet evolved into three main languages: Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. These languages would preserve the Word of God in many different media such as papyrus, vellum, and parchment through the Dark Ages.
In various times, Reformation groups surfaced, and they would rediscover the Scriptures. These Reformers would change the world by translating the Bible into their local languages. Introducing God's Word to the printing press started a liturgical fire that could not be quenched to this day. This exhibit will display written works from the 13th century A.D through the European Reformation, including works from Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and Henry VIII.
We will also be exhibiting works from the Counter-Reformation, including Ignatius of Loyola, Thomas Rhandi, and many more. The exhibit will continue with books spanning from European Protestants who fled to America to escape persecution to the American Reformers that started our country on the path to religious freedom. Some of these works include authors like John Locke, Cotton Mather, and Jonathan Edwards.
This exhibit will be on display from January 15, 2020, to April 30, 2022. The museum is closed during the summer semester and all of the Campus breaks.