Perhaps you’ve seen flyers around campus advertising the Museum of the Bible Lecture Series, or maybe you’ve just heard SNU people talking about it. Below is everything you need to know about this event and hopefully answers any questions you may have.
Q: What is the Museum of the Bible?
A: The Museum of the Bible is an eight-floor collection of both permanent exhibitions and temporary displays coming to Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2017. The museum’s website further comments, “It will provide guests with an immersive experience as they explore the history, narrative, and impact of the bible. Museum of the Bible will be an unparalleled experience, using cutting-edge technology to bring the Bible to life. It will span time, space, and cultures, inviting everyone to engage with the Bible.”
Q: If it’s in Washington, D.C. and it hasn’t opened yet, why should I care?
A: Lucky for us, the Museum of the Bible is presenting two lecture series, one of which is being held at SNU! Over the course of the next three months, five different speakers will present the ways in which they believe the Bible has impacted the arts.
Q: What do I have to do in order to attend the lectures?
A: This lecture series is entirely FREE to attend, but space is limited and will fill up fast. You can call (405) 996-4900 or click here to reserve tickets for whichever lecture you wish to attend.
Q: When and where are the lectures?
A: All lectures will take place in the Royce Brown Building at 7:00pm.
February 16 brings Amy Van Dyke, curator of art and education at the Museum of the Bible, to discuss “How to Illustrate God.”
On March 2, Scott Stearman (a professional sculptor and SNU alumni who you might remember speaking in chapel) will present his lecture about being “Called to Create.”
Dr. David Trobisch, director of collections at the Museum of the Bible, will speak about “Performing the Bible in the Early Church” on March 23.
Associate Professor of the Department of English at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. David Anderson will deliver his lecture titled “Paradise Lost” on April 6.
To wrap up the series, on April 20 Phil Cooke (Founder and CEO of Cooke Pictures) will discuss “The Bible and Hollywood.”
For those of you who missed it, Adam Agee (lead singer of Audio Adrenaline) presented a lecture on January 26 about “How to Write Inspired Lyrics.” If you are interested in some of Agee’s thoughts on the topic, you might find this interview intriguing.
Whether you can attend just a single speaker’s presentation or be a part of the entire lecture series, this is a wonderful opportunity to be inspired by the creative and unique ways in which others have engaged with the Bible.
Dr. Kim Rosfeld says she is “excited about how this series connects art and religion. To study art without placing it in its religious, philosophical, and historical context means that we miss out on so much of what it is trying to convey.” She believes the series will “help our community to understand not only the far-reaching impact of the Biblical texts but how human beings have been interpreting them throughout history and today!”
Any further curiosity you have regarding the Museum of the Bible can be explored here.