Scholars and Experts Give Free, Multi-Week Look at the Bible—April 1, 2015

During several months this spring and summer, Oklahoma City residents will have a rare opportunity to learn more about the Bible’s origins, history and impact. A free lecture series, hosted by Museum of the Bible, will feature manuscript experts and university scholars.

We are excited to bring leading biblical thinkers from Oklahoma, Museum of the Bible and around the world to our community as part of our mission to engage all people with the Bible through world-class scholarship, said David Trobisch, Th.D., Museum of the Bible’s collection director, who will open the series on April 9 with a lecture exploring mysteries of the Bible’s compilation. “We are inviting Oklahomans to join local and international experts for an up-close and scholarly look at the Bible’s history, narrative and impact.”

A sold-out, Museum of the Bible-sponsored lecture series in 2011 brought renowned academics to its Passages exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Since then, the museum has sponsored lecture series in six U.S. cities, including Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Springfield, Missouri; Santa Clarita, California; and also at the Vatican in Rome.

WHAT:                   Museum of the Bible Lecture Series

WHEN:                      First and third Thursday of the month, April to August (beginning April 9)
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 – 8 p.m. lecture program

WHERE:                    Museum of the Bible’s Oklahoma offices
7509 SW 44th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73179

COST:                       Free and open to the public (space is limited, reservations required)
Lecture series tickets are available online at


Date Speaker Title Institution Lecture Title
April 9 David Trobisch, Th.D. Director of the Green Collection Museum of the Bible What Do the Manuscripts of the Bible Teach Us? Insights, Mysteries and New Perspectives on the Origin of the Christian Bible
April 23 Marty Michelson, Ph.D. Professor of Old Testament, Graduate Department of Theology and Ministry


Southern Nazarene University Complex Characters in the Book of Samuel: How Biblical Hebrew Aids in Characterization
May 7 Heather Reichstadt Research Associate Museum of the Bible Unraveling the Mystery: Finding Clues in Early Coptic Textile Production and Use
June 4 David Anderson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of English


University of Oklahoma The Bard’s Bible: The Role of Scripture in the Plays of William Shakespeare
June 18 Jennifer Atwood Curator of Medieval Manuscripts


Museum of the Bible Learning to Love like Mary: Female Devotion in the Littlemore Anselm
July 2 Norm Conrad Curator of English Manuscripts and Americana


Museum of the Bible The Bible in America:

Pilgrims, Puritans and Patriots

July 16 Mariam Ayad, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Egypt


American University in Cairo, Egpyt Ancient Egyptian Concepts of the Afterlife and Divine Judgment
Aug 6 David Trobisch, Th.D. Director of the Green Collection Museum of the Bible How Did Early Christians Read the Bible?

About Museum of the Bible:

Museum of the Bible ( invites all people to engage with the Bible through museum exhibits and scholarly pursuits, including artifact research, education initiatives and an international museum opening late 2017 in Washington. The 430,000-square-foot, $400 million Museum of the Bible, dedicated to the impact, history and narrative of the Bible, will be located three blocks from the U.S. Capitol. As of 2015, it has sponsored traveling exhibits in six U.S. cities and four other countries.