According to Luke 1:63, Zechariah "asked for a writing tablet and wrote, 'His name is John.'" Ever wondered how a writing tablet in the 1st Century looked like? Ever wondered what sort of writing materials used by the Apostle Paul in composing his letters to the various churches? What would the earliest complete New Testament look like?
At the Centre for Bible Engagement, we have acquired different ancient writing materials and they will be on display in the library soon. You will have the opportunity to visit us and have a guided tour where we will explain how these ancient writing materials developed over time from the wax writing tablets to parchments made from animal skin. You will also have the opportunity to view various types of facsimile of the earliest New Testament manuscripts.
Even better, we will also provide you with papyrus and reed pens where you would get a first hand experience of what a scribe in ancient days had to endure in copying the manuscripts. With this hands on experience, we hope that you will learn to appreciate how we get our Bible and the process of the formation of the New Testament.
If you would like to visit us, do drop us a note. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page.
An enthusiastic group of 35 members from Melawati Chinese Methodist Church paid a much-awaited visit to STM where a guided tour to view part of our collection of biblical and archaeology replicas was carried out on 7 April, 2018. Hosted by the Centre for Bible Engagement, the session ran from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Dr Elaine Goh was invited to speak on the connection between some archaeological findings and the Bible, as well as the significance of these findings to the Christian faith.
Dr Elaine Goh gave a highly engaging and informative lecture for the first hour of the visit. This was then followed by a series of lectures given by five STM students–Ang Yeaw Meng, Kelly Oon, Gavin Yang, Kevin Chew and Tee Heng Kiat. They provided further explanation on some of replicas in our collection to the visitors.
The guided tour was then divided into five small groups where the visitors could view and be given information on some of the significant archaeological replicas in our collection—the Rosetta Stone, Cyrus Cylinder, Dead Sea Scrolls, Gilgamesh Tablet (Flood Tablet #11), and the Gentile Prohibition Inscription.
The Centre for Bible Engagement received the team from World Discovery Travel to the seminary earlier today. World Discovery Travel recently celebrated their 20th anniversary in bringing pilgrims to the Holyland, and as part of their celebration, they have donated a number of interesting replicas and teaching aids for the seminary. We will feature these in our upcoming posts soon.
Today's visit is exceptionally special in many ways. It not only testifies to the long working relationship that we have built over the past decade, it also demonstrates their commitment to theological education. Today, World Discovery Travel presented to the seminary two special gifts: a very beautiful olive wood carving of the Lord's Supper and an icon depicting the Passion of Christ.
The olive wood carving's attention to detail is truly amazing. It not only depicts the emotions that could be seen from the faces of the disciples of Christ, it also showcases them reclining in having their meal. This is certainly much closer to the culture and customs of its day compared to many paintings depicting the disciples sitting by a table having their meal.
We would like to express our deepest appreciation to World Discovery Travel for the beautiful gifts. What makes this even more memorable is that this is a time gift for us to reflect on Maundy Thursday which falls on tomorrow, March 29, 2018.
Zondervan is currently having its biblical languages sales and a number of Greek and other resources are on sale via Accordance software. Check out what are on sale by clicking on the image below.
For those who are keen on picking up Mounce's and Wallace's grammar, now is a good time to do so as the former is priced at US$22 while the latter at US$21. In addition, both the New Testament Dictionary of Theology and Exegesis and the Old Testament Dictionary of Theology and Exegesis are also on offer.
Take advantage of the slightly favourable exchange rate at the moment and grab the resources you for your language study. Sale ends on 14 February 2018.
Seminari Theoloji Malaysia 于2018年1月22-23日邀请了陈南山牧师前来推介他所出版的 《希汉逐字译本》。
在现今21世纪，汉语圣经读者理解和诠释圣经的需求可说是蒸蒸日上，而陈南山牧师（Hasan Sutanto）所翻译的《希汉逐字译本》（GCIC）就是为了满足这部分的需要而出版。当然，理解和诠释新约不是件易事，若是信徒们和牧者们要从原文理解新约内容更不是轻而易举的，因此此译本的出版确实给予了汉语届圣经读者们美好的消息，因逐字译本可帮助读者注意句法和单词的词义，然后把这些单词组成完整句子，这便能让读者们发现一些平日所忽略的内容。陈牧师也在此译本并列了几个圣经版本，以助读者们比较不同译本的内容。此外，此译本也可用作每日灵修和读经默想，因此除了牧者以外，信徒们也可以每天藉着它认真严肃地理解圣经，这样汉语届的信徒们必定能在真道上坚固，明白、体会、实践和传扬上帝的话。 ” （林婉莹同学）
Over the past week couple of weeks, we have been slowly developing the website for the Centre for Bible Engagement. We will be adding more contents progressively over the next few weeks. Please come back and visit us often.