Monday, February 8, 2010

"Ink & Blood: Dead Sea Scrolls to Gutenburg" coming to JPII High School in Nashville area

John Paul II Catholic High School in Hendersonville, TN will host a traveling exhibition about incunabular (first-generation movable type) printing and ancient manuscripts this Spring.

The exhibit, entitled Ink & Blood, runs from February 15th through March 4th, 2010. The hours are somewhat erratically arranged, and you will need to purchase the $15 tickets in advance (information about both hours and tickets available here)

As the promoters of the exhibit describe:
Ink & Blood: Dead Sea Scrolls to Gutenberg is the largest collection ever assembled chronicling Western Civilization as seen through one of its most prominent and carefully preserved objets d’art—the Hebrew, Latin and English Bible.

The collection includes authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, 5,000-year-old clay tablets, Hebrew Torahs, ancient Greek texts, Medieval Latin manuscripts, pages from Gutenberg’s Bible, and rare English printed Bibles.

In addition to the more than one-hundred authentic artifacts, the exhibition includes a working replica of Gutenberg’s printing press featuring live demonstrations of incunabular printing.

From the information and pictures available on the website, it looks to be a pretty interesting exhibit. I, for one, will be making the pilgrimage to Nashville to explore it. I will have a more detailed review to post then. Meanwhile, if you are in the Nashville area, I highly recommend checking it out for yourself.