'Treasure trove' of biblical items on exhibit at Baylor
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Ever since Norma Dagley first heard about it, she knew it was an opportunity she could not miss.
Thursday, she made the drive from Crawford to Baylor University.
"I think it's remarkable that it's in this little town of 113,000 [people] in Central Texas. That’s just totally unexpected," she said.
There, a special exhibit is on display for three days.
The exhibit is made up of more than 100 rare and priceless Bibles, manuscripts and scrolls. It's at the university to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
The items on display were just a small portion of a 30,000-item collection, which is said to be the largest private collection of its kind.
Scott Carroll serves as the director of the Green Collection.
"The next time this nucleus will be shown again will be at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City in the fall, so that's pretty significant," he said.
Something else significant was the many rare artifacts visitors had a chance to get an up close look at.
These items include everything from a Dead Sea Scroll containing fragments of the book of "Genesis" to an illustrated Gutenberg Bible and one of the earliest King James Bible ever printed.
Green Scholars Initiative Director Jerry Pattengale said visitors do not have to be a person of faith to appreciate the exhibit.
"We have items that reflect some of the best printing every, and the competence in polyglot is amazing," he said. "Also you see funny things like words that were left out of passages that say the exact opposite."
For people of faith, like Dagley, the exhibit holds a special meaning.
"They saw what people gave, they gave their lives so that we have the freedom and privilege of reading God's word as often as we want," she said.
This free exhibit will run through Saturday, at the Armstrong Browning Library on Baylor's campus.
Doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.