The Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings joins the Biola community and invites you to view a new exhibit.
The Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings (sacredwritings.org) that was established several years ago in Irvine, CA by Dr. George Giacumakis, has recently moved to the Biola University campus. A partnership is being developed at this time wherein the Museum and the University will exhibit ancient inscriptions and archaeological artifacts related to the world of the Bible.
Biola is providing office space for two Museum staff members in the Biola Professional Building, storage space for its non-exhibited collections, and display space in the lower level of the Library for exhibits that bring the ancient world to light.
We invite you to visit the current exhibit on the lower level of the Biola Library (near the restrooms) where you will see the following items on display:
- The Habakkuk Commentary Scroll (1QpHab) of the Dead Sea Scrolls in facsimile. The original scroll was copied in the second century BC.
- The Testimonia Fragment (4Q175/4QTest) of the Dead Sea Scrolls in facsimile.
- The Copper Scroll (3Q15) of the Dead Sea Scrolls in facsimile: three framed mountings on the wall, each featuring four columns of the text.
- Archaeological charts and equipment (e.g., camera, theodolite, etc.) from the Dead Sea Qumran excavations directed by Roland de Vaux in the early 1950’s.
- Terracotta artifacts (lamps, vessels, diagnostic sherds, etc) from various Near Eastern sites/periods.
- A Hebrew Torah Scroll from the late nineteenth century AD (105.5 ft. wide, with 172 columns on 54 panels) that survived the Holocaust.
- Near Eastern Grinding Mill from Lebanon, probably from the Middle Ages.
- Copies of archaeological artifacts that can be handled by students in classes which focus on these items.
The Library exhibit is now open to the Biola community, and it will change in the middle of May, 2012.