April 5, 2018
On April 5, 2018 the MIKRA team presented two exhibits at the Tennessee State Capitol. On the first floor, the exhibit was merged with the Capitol tour in the Old Supreme Court chambers featuring a 17th century manuscript, a 19th century Tunisian (North African) Scroll, a facsimile of the Great Isaiah Scroll, plus facsimiles of a Pesher Isaiah, Pesher Habbakuk, and other scroll fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Several talks plus an hour long lecture were also provided by MIKRA CEO Brian Rickett and MIKRA team member Randy Barlow. On the second floor, an additional rare manuscript, illuminated Esther scroll, several more Torah scrolls along with a variety of other manuscripts and volumes were featured. We were also privileged to be joined by Dr. Kim Pennington, PhD in Ethics and Culture who served as a special docent for this exhibit, as well as Bill Geisel and his team from the Tennessee Capitol Commission.
Most of the beautiful images in this gallery are courtesy of Stephanie Turner.
March 28, 2018
On March 28th, 2018 the MIKRA Corp. partnered with Steve Weaver of the Kentucky Capitol Commission to present an exhibit of scrolls, manuscripts, and facsimilia at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, KY. Items featured for the first time in our exhibit included a previously un-displayed Keter/Taj Torah, facsimile of the Great Isaiah Scroll housed in Jerusalem, Qumran manuscript facsimiles, and others. Emphasized themes included religious and ethno-religious tolerance, orthography, codicology, art history, Hebrew calligraphy, and more. The event featured a lecture by MIKRA CEO Brian Rickett on the history of the items featured in the collection and their cultural, artistic, religious, and political significance. The team was assisted by Dr. Peter Gentry of SBTS who served as an exhibit docent along with a number of his students. The event was covered by multiple TV interviews and write-ups in local media outlets. E.g., see: Kentucky Today, and LEX18.com.
Charleston, South Carolina
December 7-9, 2017
MIKRA Researcher, R. Brian Rickett, is pictured here at the Gaillard performing Arts Center, presenting a lecture at the inaugural exhibit of The Artifact Foundation. The title of this lecture was "Beauty, Truth, and Goodness: Literary Artistry and the Meaning of Life, A Study of Ecclesiastes 1:2-11." This lecture traced the the compositional structure of the opening poem of Ecclesiastes to reveal Qoheleth's ingenious reflections about life's Ultimate Good. In addition to lectures, the event featured an artifact exhibit and the debut performance of The Complexsions Charleston City Ballet Company.
May 4, 2017
Earlier this month, we held an artifact exhibit at the Arlington Convention Center, in Arlington, Texas. The talk on this occasion was most directly related to textual transmission, preservation, and technological developments used in artifact analysis. Following the lecture was a Q and A.
Exhibit at the Arkansas State Capitol
The stunning images in this collection are courtesy of the Arkansas Secretary of State. See the full gallery here.
March 5, 2017
In March, we hosted a scroll and artifact exhibit at the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda. Seven stations of artifacts, including a Taj Torah, sefer Torahs, and other scrolls and manuscripts were on display for viewing. Each station was manned by student docents that provided information on the historical and religious significance of the items. MIKRA Principal Researcher Professor R. Brian Rickett, presented a lecture on the cultural, religious, and political issues that resulted both in the creation of these artifacts, as well as to their loss by the original owners. Prof. Rickett explained that the artifacts on display were physical, tactile witnesses to heinous crimes that must never occur again.
Scroll Dedication at The Master's University
February 10, 2017
MIKRA personnel facilitated the transmission of a 500-600 year old German Ashkenazi scroll to The Master's University in Santa Clarita, Calif. In a special dedication service, TMU Bible Professor William Varner and BMATS/MIKRA's Prof. Brian Rickett co-lectured on the significance, first generally, then specifically (respectively), of the scroll being dedicated. Later that afternoon, the pair co-taught a seminar to a small group of faculty, staff, and students. The pictures above capture the morning talks and the dedicatory handing over of the scroll to faculty, along with student response.
Exhibit at the University of Central Arkansas
August 28, 2016
The exhibit at UCA featured several Torah scrolls, an Esther scroll, and several manuscripts and papyrus fragments. Students and attendees were able to see these artifacts close up, ask questions of docents, and listen to a lecture given by Professor R. Brian Rickett.
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