ORU to display rare biblical texts, artifacts from The Green Collection
BY BILL SHERMAN World Religion Writer
Saturday, January 26, 2013
1/26/13 at 5:13 AM
Select items from the world's largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts will be on display at Oral Roberts University next week.
The Sacra Pagina ("The Sacred Page") exhibit from The Green Collection will be on display Wednesday through Feb. 2 in the Conference Banquet Center in the South Lobby of the Mabee Center, 8023 S. Lewis Ave.
Jerry Pattengale, an expert on biblical manuscripts and ancient history, will give a lecture at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday to launch the free exhibit.
The lecture is free, but tickets are required and must be reserved due to limited seating. Tickets to a similar lecture series in Oklahoma City were taken quickly.
The Green Collection has more than 40,000 biblical antiquities and continues to grow. It is named for the Oklahoma City-based family who founded Hobby Lobby. It was called "a sampler of Jewish, Roman Catholic and Protestant treasures" by USA Today.
Thomson Mathew, dean of the College of Theology and Ministry at ORU, said in a press release that the exhibit is "a chance for Oklahomans to see 50 of the world's rarest biblical antiquities that tell the dramatic story of the most banned, most debated, best-selling book of all time, and to hear from one of our nation's leading scholars on ancient texts."
Hobby Lobby president Steve Green oversees the collection and is chairman of the board of a planned national Bible museum that will house the collection and take a scholarly approach to the Bible.
Sacra Pagina exhibit
When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday through Feb. 2
Where: ORU Conference Banquet Center, South Lobby, Mabee Center, 8023 S. Lewis Ave.
Lecture: Jerry Pattengale will speak at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. (Lecture is free, but tickets are required. Go to tulsaworld.com/bible.)
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Hobby Lobby President Steve Green holds a copy of the first Bible printed in America, the Aitken Bible, which will be on display in the Sacra Pagina exhibit at Oral Roberts University next week. Courtesy