Dunham Bible Museum
The Dunham Bible Museum, with its extensive collection of rare Bibles, is dedicated to telling the story of the most important book in the world. On public display are:
decoratively illuminated medieval Scriptures
examples of the earliest printed Bibles
the earliest Bibles in English
the earliest Bibles printed in America
Bible translations from across the centuries and around the world.
The Museum's creative exhibits awaken and enhance an appreciation of the history, preservation, and influence of the one Book most influential in individual lives and in the culture of civilizations.
They Read the Same Bible: Bibles from the American Civil War
Commemorating the sesquicentennal of the American Civil War (July 1-3 was the 150th anniversrary of the Battle of Gettysburg), a special exhibit of Civil War Bibles is on display through December 13.The exhibit’s title is taken from President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, given a little over a month before he was assassinated. In his insightful meditations on the Civil War, Lincoln pondered over the fact that both sides, “read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. … The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.” All of the twenty Bibles or hymnals in the exhibit are from the Dunham Bible Museum’s collection. They include Testaments belonging to soldiers of both sides, many with personal notes or poems in them. The rarest volume is a New Testament printed by the Confederate Bible Society; only 11 known copies of the Testament exist. One of the Testaments captured by the Union as it was shipped through the blockade to the Confederacy is also on display. A special exhibit catalogue is available for this exhibit ($2.50, available at the Dunham Bible Museum. For mail orders, add $1.75 for shipping and handling).
Khirbet el-Maqatir: History of a Biblical Site
January 21 - December 19, 2014, a special exhibit of artifacts from excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir, possibly the site of the Biblical Ai, will be held, in cooperation with the Associates for Biblical Reserarch
Symposium on Khirbet el-Maqatir and Biblical Archaeology
February 8, 2014. Confirmed speakers include:
Dr. Bryant Wood - "Khirbet el-Maqatir: A Border Fortress in the Highlands of Canaan and a Proposed New Location for the Ai of Joshua 7-8"
Dr. Eugene Merrill - "Ai and Old Testament Chronology: Who Cares?"
Dr. Scott Stripling - "Ritual Purity at Khirbet el-Maqatir's First Century Village and the First Jewish revolt Against Rome"
Dr. Leen Ritmeyer - "Does the Byzantine Church at Maqatir reflect the sacred architecture of the Temple in Jerusalem?"
for the conference is now open, with the deadline being February 1. Cost is $25, which includes lunch on Saturday.
English Bible History Tour
June 29 - July 7, 2014 This 9 day tour has been planned by Dr David J. Davis, Director of the Master of Liberal Arts and Assistant Professor in History at HBU, and Dr. John Hellstern, retired Air Force Chaplain whose Bible collection is at the Dunham Bible Museum. Details and registration information are available from Pilgrim Tours.