Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Fascinating Bible Exhibit

There is an excellent exhibition on the Bible at St. Andrew’s Church on Nathan Road until 11 April.  

There is a functioning replica of the Gutenberg printing machine.  

A copy of two silver foil amulets, the Ketel Hinnon Silver Amulets, the earliest known texts of Scripture, dated to around 500-600 BC.  The text was from Numbers 6:24-26.  

A facsimile of Sennecharib Prism, in which the Assyrian King mentioned that he was unable to capture Jerusalem around 600BC, a failure that was predicted in a prophecy to Hezekiah, the King of Judea, in 2 Kings 19.

A nail through a heel bone found in a bone box containing the remains of a male in his mid-twenties who died by crucifixion.  

The Siloan Inscription. It was found inside Hezekiah’s Tunnel, where two crews digging from both sides met.  The tunnel was described in 2 Chronicles 32, dug to bring water from the Pool of Siloam outside of the city walls to bring water inside Jerusalem.  It was done in anticipation of the siege by Assyria around 600BC.  

A reproduction of the Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed in Europe with moveable typeset around 1455.  

King James’ Version of 1611, which dominated the English speaking Protestant community for centuries.  

The Barrow Chinese Embassy Esther Scroll.  a miniature scroll of Esther, produced in Italy and obtained in China in 1794, likely in Kaifeng 開封 in Henan.  

The Chinese translation completed by Robert Morrison in 1823, printed with wood blocks.  

Hand copies of the Chinese Bible made during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 70s.  

And many more fascinating artefacts.  Bible lovers will not be disappointed.  

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