May 2, 1611, the King James Version of the Bible was first published.
In commemoration of the 400th anniversary, an exhibit chonicling the
books history makes its official world premiere, starting Monday at the
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch.
is a 14,000-square-foot, interactive exhibit culled from portions of
The Green Collection, an assemblage of Bibles and biblical artifacts
owned by the Green family of Oklahoma City, which owns crafts chain
Hobby Lobby and Christian bookstores Mardel.
a big deal, said Scott Carroll, director of The Green Collection.
Its an experience of a lifetime. Youd have to travel around the world
to see what you can see here.
visitors wont have to hop a plane, the collection will after the
exhibit closes in October: The pieces then will be shown in the Vatican.
But its by no means a Catholic or Protestant gig.
We are unswervingly nonsectarian, Carroll said. Were simply about telling the story of the book were privileged to curate.
Those without a religious connection to the text are welcome as well.
people who have no personal investment in the Bible, these are windows
to history, Carroll said. Theres something about being a cultured
person, about knowing the literature of the world.