Organizers of the World Meeting of Families, in partnership with the Museum of the Bible, have announced that a special exhibit, “Verbum Domini II: God’s Word Goes Out to the Nations,” will be on display in Philadelphia for the gathering.
Originally exhibited at the Vatican, the collection will showcase some 80 artifacts from the museum’s Green Collection, one of the largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts in the world.
The 15,000-square-foot exhibit, free to visit and open to the public, will feature eight galleries and 24 display cases and will be housed in Hall G of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Sept. 21-26.
Highlights of the exhibit will include fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls; pages from the Bodmer Psalms Codex and Codex Climaci Rescriptus; a first edition of the King James Bible; and the Eliot Indian Bible of 1685, a second edition of the first Bible ever printed in America.
“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, WMOF president. “In bringing such important religious texts to Philadelphia for this event, Museum of the Bible truly brings them to the world.”
Ciaruffoli noted that the appeal of the exhibit “transcends faith tradition and will certainly encourage families to come together to share in its wonder.”
The Museum of the Bible will open in 2017 blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., with a 430,000-square-foot space dedicated to showcasing and educating about the impact, history and narrative of the Bible. Its traveling exhibits have visited cities across the United States, as well as other countries.
“My family has a love of the Bible that has been passed down for many generations, and that’s why I am passionate about giving others the opportunity to explore this book that has shaped and reshaped the history of the world,” said Steve Green, the museum’s founder and board chair. “To us, there is simply no better moment to expose such a beautiful message – and such beautiful artifacts – to the world than in Philadelphia during Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.”
For more information, visit http://museumofthebible.org/.