Last year the Green family—owners of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.—installed a special exhibit in the Creation Museum called Verbum Domini (“The Word of the Lord”). Now, this exhibit is a portion of their travelling Passages exhibits. We were thrilled to add this special collection of Bible-related manuscripts to the museum—and the Greens even said they would change out the manuscripts and other Bible-related items every six months!
Well, it’s that time again, and the Greens have rotated the Verbum Domini collection here at the museum. The new items are centered on the theme “Art and the Bible.” The incredible artifacts they’ve put on display contain art spanning from the 16th to the 21st century, including prints of works by Rembrandt van Rijn and Gustave Doré, and a 1400s illumination by Bartolomeo Varnucci.
Do you want to know more about the new Verbum Domini Bible-related artifacts on display at the Creation Museum? Read our lead article on the Answers in Genesis website today. I’ve included the first few paragraphs below:
Visitors to the Creation Museum will be able to view an amazing new collection of historical Bible manuscripts and artifacts in the popular Verbum Domini (“The Word of the Lord”) exhibit. Representing only a small portion of the famed Green Collection, the items in this exhibit are rotated out about every six months. “Art and the Bible,” the new display which opened yesterday, focuses on the stunning artwork to be found in biblical artifacts.I urge you to read the full article and to plan your trip to the Creation Museum to see this spectacular exhibit today!
In ancient times, Christians relied on images to convey the accounts of the Bible and the deeper meaning of those accounts to people who could not read them for themselves. As more people were able to read, pictures were still used to adorn the Bible and to help people connect with the narratives on a deeper, more human level. Today, art is overwhelmingly absent from Bibles, but, for the majority of the history of Christianity, the opposite was true. The most important Bibles were the ones that were the most extensively decorated.
From the beautifully illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages to the intricately engraved Bibles of the 19th century, the process of illustrating the Bible is a challenge that has attracted many of the most famous artists throughout history. Though the style of the art changed depending on the time and place the Bible was made, the scenes depicted and the themes conveyed remain familiar.
And remember, these nineteen items will only be on display at the Creation Museum for about six months, and then they will be changed out for a different collection of rare Bible-related items.
Hope to see you here at the Creation Museum soon!
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying, Ken