The Enduring Word Bible Museum
Time: Doors open at 9:00am and will be open until 12:00pm. A Presentation begins at 10:00am.
Location: Trinity Baptist Church • 901 W Huber • Weatherford, OK 73096
Press Release from Trinity Baptist Church, Weatherford
Contact: Trinity Baptist Church
901 W Huber
Weatherford, Ok 73096
First Edition King James Bible to be on Exhibit in Weatherford
WEATHERFORD, OK - An original, first printing of the King James Bible will be featured at Trinity Baptist Church on September 30th at 10:00am as part of a museum exhibit showing the history of the Bible. Called, “The Great He Bible,” it is a true first edition of the best-selling book, of all time.
Numerous other ancient and rare, authentic biblical artifacts will be shown in the exhibit, entitled, “The Enduring Word Museum.” An actual page from the first book printed with movable type, the 1450 Gutenberg Bible, will be on display. Manuscripts in Hebrew, Greek, Ethiopic and Latin, as well as an early Christian papyrus letter (A.D. 250-450), and a complete Jewish Torah will be available for examination.
“Steps in the story,” leaves from the actual biblical publications by the reformers, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, John Rogers, Miles Coverdale and John Calvin will be exhibited as well as leaves from the first Bibles produced by the English Catholic exiles at Rheims and Douay.
“Often, scholars do not know the basic story of how we got the Bible,”
said exhibit curator, Dr. F.J. (Rusty) Maisel. “But, seeing it here, laid out and explained as a simple narrative, has helped many people to gain a better understanding of the book they have been reading for years. They say that important details they have learned from the exhibit helps them respond when friends and family ask about the Scriptures.”
As part of the museum exhibit there will be a printing demonstration on a full size working replica of the Gutenberg press. Often visitors will have the opportunity to operate the press and produce their own copy of a Guttenberg page to take home as a reminder of their visit.
A recognized authority on the authentication of rare Bibles, Maisel says, for most of his life, he has had questions about “The Book.” His search for answers has led to over twenty-five years of studying and collecting original documents throughout America, Europe and Israel. He states, “The Bible, itself, tells us that God will preserve his Word. To say, I believe that, is still an expression of faith. Through the years of investigating this subject, my experiences have led to a strengthening of my belief in the validity of the Scriptural texts."
“To have such a piece of history right here at home really is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity,” said Pastor Skylar Spradlin. “To be able to look at actual artifacts and to see and learn how God preserved His word for so long is something that will grip the heart and engage the mind.”
The complete display will be open to the public on September 30th from 9:00am to noon. Dr. Maisel, the exhibit curator, and John Sliffe, the exhibits associate curator, will be there to answer questions at 9:00am, and will give a presentation about the documents, at 10:00am.
For further information, contact: Trinity Baptist Church (580) 772-5975 or John Sliffe (817) 771-3942.