"When you walk in one of the first items you're going to see is a 3000 B.C. piece," said Dr. David Trobisch, Director of The Green Collection.
Trobisch said the Passages exhibit features about 450 texts and artifacts from The Green Collection, one of the world's largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts.
"This exhibit is dedicated to the history of the Bible," he said.
Springfield is the fifth city to host Passages. The artifacts come from all across the globe.
"If you'd want to see all the items we have on display, for the papyri, you'd have to go to Egypt, for the dead sea scrolls, to Israel, and if you're interested in Latin Bibles, the good address would be the vatican," he said. "Or you could just go to Springfield, Missouri.
The exhibit is a maze of more than 22 themed rooms-- among them, scriptoriums, interactive characters, and a replica of the Gutenberg Press.
"This revolutionized everything because with moveable type, you could use one little lead letter, per letter, and put it together and easily produce a new page very quickly," said Torbisch.
Trobisch said he hopes visitors will walk away with a greater appreciation for all those who contributed to the Bible.
"Yesterday when it was all set up, and I walked through it, I had to pinch myself. I said, this is unbelievable that you could put this together in this space-- so many things that are dedicated to the Bible that are very hard to get to," he said. "What I would wish for a deeper appreciation about how many people have worked on keeping that Bible alive.
Passages is located at 3534 E. Sunshine in Springfield. The exhibit will be open to the public starting on Saturday, April 12 at 10 am. Tickets cost $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $12 for military, college students, and youth, and is free for children under age five. Discount coupons can be found at Hobby Lobbies. The exhibit closes in January 2015.
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