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Thursday, September 29, 2005


VATICAN CITY, SEP 29, 2005 (VIS) - Today in the Pio-Christian Museum, part of the Vatican Museums, an exhibition is due to open entitled "The Sculpted Word: the Bible in the Origins of Christian Art." The event is dedicated to the masterpieces of palaeo-Christian iconography contained in the museum, accompanied by the biblical texts that inspired them.

  The exhibition - which will be open to the public from tomorrow, September 30, until January 7, 2006 - is part of events commemorating the 40th anniversary of the promulgation of the Vatican Council II Dogmatic Constitution "Dei Verbum," which promoted easier access to the Bible for everyone, and opened the way for inter-confessional collaboration in the biblical field.

  The exhibition is being promoted by the Universal Biblical Alliance - an organization founded in 1946 which brings together some 150 national Bible societies and has the aim of spreading the Bible around the world - through the Bible Society in Italy, as well as by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and by the Vatican Museums.

  "The exhibition itinerary," says a communique released by the Vatican Museums, "presents the visitor with various biblical scenes, especially concerning the Gospel of Mark and the Book of Jonah," sculpted in palaeo-Christian sarcophagi and accompanied by 23 explanatory panels presenting the texts that inspired these biblical scenes.

  The communique also explains how visitors will receive a copy of a book with the same title as the exhibition and containing the complete text of the Gospel of Mark and the Book of Jonah, in the inter-confessional translation in six languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German.

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