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. 


Arlington Exhibit

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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