Museum debuts new exhibit on Jesus’ life

by Maryam Ghaffar


As visitors walk into the Dunham Bible Museum, they will notice a particular collection of books on display. The books, 25 different versions of the Bible, are all opened to various Biblical illustrations that reflect the place and time period that the original painting was created.

“Celebrating the Life of Jesus, the Christ,” the museum’s newest exhibit, opened Sept. 24 and will run until the end of May 2013.

Diana Severance, museum director, said this exhibit is a replica of the 2008 exhibit that Dr. John Hellstern developed for the opening of the Dunham Bible Museum.

Severance also said that the Bibles belong to the museum’s rare books library, being one of two collections purchased from Hellstern in spring 2009.

The rare Bibles date from the 18th to the 20th century, although some of the illustrations date earlier.

The exhibit is divided into four parts: Birth to Baptism, Miracles and Healings, Parables and Teachings, and Passion and Resurrection.

One of the illustrations derived from Germanic origins, “Resting on the way to Egypt,” shows Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus resting from their journey of escaping King Herod’s law to kill all infant males.

“Adoration of the Wise Men” symbolizes Jesus as the bread of life and His sacrifice for humanity.

Sophomore John Mack, the museum’s student worker, said many students visit the museum because they are interested in the exhibit or because they need to do an assignment.

Mack also said the students respond positively to the collection.

“Most students come when they have to finish an assignment,” said Mack. “They find some fantastic things, though, so by the time they leave, the students are generally impressed by what they have found.”

Students and faculty can visit the museum for free. Students can also receive two Community Life and Worship points for visiting the exhibits and answering a questionnaire.

Dr. Phillip Marshall, assistant professor in Christianity and biblical languages, encouraged his Old Testament class to visit the museum for extra credit.

“I really want my students to know this is here,” Marshall said. “By offering extra credit, it gives them an incentive to go.”

Students can visit the museum’s Facebook page by searching “Museums at HBU” for more information.