Regent University is dedicating its new chapel Friday and it's hosting a special traveling exhibit entitled "The Living Word: Ancient Treasures from Biblical History."
"It is a complete scroll with the text of Isaiah that dates to before the time of Christ," curator Jennifer Atwood told CBN News.
A visit to the "The Living Word Sacra Pagina" will give you an up-close look at more than 50 historical biblical treasures.
Sacra Pagina is Latin for "the sacred page." With the rise of universities in the 12th century, the Bible was thought of as the ideal textbook so Sacra Pagina referred to the entire process of studying the Word of God.
These items are part of the world's largest private collection of rare Bibles, biblical manuscripts, and artifacts, known as "The Green Collection."
The Green family, who owns the national retailer Hobby Lobby, has complied more than 40,000 antiquities to celebrate the Bible, the bestselling book of all time.
Dr. Jerry Pattengale, executive director of Green Scholars Initiative, is overseeing this traveling exhibit.
"What a great time to be here," Pattengale said. "The chapel here at Regent is awesome, so is this majestic building, and here you have some of these major biblical texts that kind of tell the same story."
"So to be here at a time when a chapel is being dedicated -- really because of some of these books that underpin the beliefs that underpin Regent," he said.
Regent University is one of a limited number of venues to host this biblical treasure trove.
"We're seeing that more and more as a culture, we have become illiterate in many ways when it comes to scripture, so it's critical for us (and) even for students who may have had a faith background, this will take them back to some of the original texts and continue to ground them in those fundamental texts," Regent University President Dr. Carlos Campo said. "We think it's great for our students and for the broader culture as well."
The Green family plans to open an entire museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., in late 2016.