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Liberty Biblical Museum dedicated during ribbon-cutting ceremonyApril 13, 2015 : By Melissa Skinner/Liberty University News Service
|Artifacts in the Liberty Biblical Museum include some of the Dead Sea Scrolls.|
Liberty University dedicated the Liberty Biblical Museum with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Jerry Falwell Library on Monday, April 13.
The museum is housed in the library in the Center for Judaic Studies. Dr. J. Randall Price, the museum’s curator, executive director of the Center for Judaic Studies, and a distinguished research professor, has collected the artifacts on display in the museum for over 35 years.
“Liberty’s foundation is the Bible, and its faculty is distinguished by a biblical worldview,” Price said. “For that reason, it is appropriate that we have a history of the Bible museum. We want people to see real biblical artifacts in order to experience history right on campus.”
Liberty President Jerry Falwell cut the ribbon during the dedication.
“The university is very privileged to have someone like Dr. Price with a scholarly background that is able to bring a biblical museum to our campus,” he said.
The Liberty Biblical Museum provides faculty, staff, students, and the public a window into the world of the Bible. Special exhibits include the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Jewish Temple, and the authentic Last Supper. Artifacts include an original Torah scroll, bricks from the walls of Jericho, and a Geneva Bible printed in 1601. The Liberty Biblical Museum is a unique educational collection of authentic artifacts that provide the historical and cultural background of the Jewish people over a 4,000-year period.
“We want people to care about the Bible, and we want them to care about its message. When they see the accuracy of it firsthand, they become more excited about various things they can learn,” Price said.
The Liberty Biblical Museum is open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free tours are offered upon request.