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.