- More than 70 biblical artifacts including five Dead Sea Scroll fragments will be on display.
- Media representatives interested in covering the exhibit may attend one of our early preview events on May 20 and 21 before the public opening.
AZUSA, Calif.―See firsthand one of the greatest archeological discoveries of the 20th century as Azusa Pacific University hosts an exhibition featuring five fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls and a collection of rare biblical artifacts from May 21–July 18. Tickets are currently on sale at www.apu.edu/deadseascrolls/.
Treasures of the Bible: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Beyond offers a rare opportunity to take in the full history of the Bible's presence in the West in a single exhibition, and marks the first time all five of Azusa Pacific's Dead Sea Scroll fragments will be available for public viewing.
From an example of the earliest form of writing, to one of the first Bibles printed in English, to a Bible that circled the moon, attendees can view how Scripture has been passed on through the centuries. More than 70 biblical items are on display, including a 5,000-year-old cuneiform tablet, a Gutenberg Bible leaf, original King James Bibles from 1611–40, a 17th-century Hebrew Sefer Torah scroll, and more.
"These items are significant to many people of faith, and making them accessible to different religious groups is a rare gift APU can give residents of Southern California. Those who attend the exhibition will walk away knowing how they ended up with the English Bible in their hand, and have increased knowledge of the complex and exciting history of the transmission of the Bible," said Robert Duke, Ph.D., assistant professor of biblical studies in APU's School of Theology.
Purchase tickets online at www.apu.edu/deadseascrolls/. Prices include $18 general admission, $12 group rates/seniors/military, $8 for students, and $5 for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance for specific dates and times. A minimum number of tickets will be sold at the door each day. Exhibition hours are Wednesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., and Sunday, 12–6 p.m. Additional information on blackout days, holiday hours, and more can be found on the website.
"We consider it a privilege and a responsibility to play a part in history by carefully preserving, while also sharing, these remarkable treasures with the public," said APU President Jon R. Wallace, DBA. "Our theology faculty have closely studied the Dead Sea Scroll fragments alongside other scholars. They discuss them in the classroom, referencing their learning from these ancient documents to bring history to life for our students. Now, through this exhibition, we can invite more people to experience how Scripture has been preserved and passed on for thousands of years."
Media Representatives: The university is holding two preview events for pastors, principals and educators, and a group of children from Azusa Unified School District on May 20 and 21. Please contact Allison Oster at (626) 815-4518 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a pass to attend.
- View photos a few biblical artifacts on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/apupublicrelations/
- Article on the acquisition: http://www.apu.edu/articles/15455/
- Listen to faculty talk about the importance of these artifacts on Vimeo:
- Article on the Dead Sea Scrolls and their Southern California Connections in Rose Magazine:
About Azusa Pacific's Dead Sea Scroll Fragments and Biblical Antiquities:
Azusa Pacific acquired the five fragments and a number of rare biblical antiquities in August 2009. Currently, APU is one of only three higher education institutions in the United States that own Dead Sea Scroll fragments. The University of Chicago's Oriental Institute Museum has one, and recently Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas acquired three scriptural fragments. These earliest known texts of the Hebrew Bible, dating back to roughly 150 BC, were discovered in the caves of Qumran, east of Jerusalem, between 1947–56. Today, many of the estimated 15,000 known fragments are held in private collections.