'm more than a little pleased and excited by the fact that the Milwaukee Public Museum
is putting together an exhibition for this spring semester entitled Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible: Ancient Artifacts, Timeless Treasures
, which will cap off a great run of exhibitions during my time at Marquette University: The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt
on the idea of the afterlife in ancient Egypt, Saint Peter and the Vatican: the Legacy of the Popes
, and last year's Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
I will be incorporating this Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible
exhibition into my lessons for my Introduction To Theology class this semester, hitting the exhibition in early March with my students once I have oriented them in the texts of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. The quality of the exhibition looks to be first-rate, and will have a compelling (if expensive) lecture series through the semester that accompanies the exhibition. The Department of Theology's own Deirdre Dempsey has been involved in the affair and has arranged for the College of Arts and Sciences to pay for classes of students to enter, so I won't have to coax a few more dollars out of the students in order to take part in the experience.
I am looking forward to the thing, myself, though: after all these years of reading about and reading replicas or translations of these manuscripts, it will be a treat to eyeball some of them myself. I've become far more interested (and proficient!) in this sort of inter-testamental material than I ever expected while here at Marquette, mostly through my participation in the Seminar on the Jewish Roots of Christian Mysticism
. I imagine that I'll hit the exhibition with my crowd there as well as with the students, and being with Andre, Fr. Golitzin, and Barnes while going through some of that material ought to be worth the price of admission alone.