Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sacred writings: Penn Museum displays 'extraordinary texts of the Biblical world'

THE MORNING CALL
By Kathy Lauer-Williams
Two folios from a richly decorated, illuminated Qur'an from Iran, copied and signed by its scribe in Hamadan in 1164. 
PENNSYLVANIA---You have a rare chance to see some of the world's most important religious writings in Philadelphia in the next two months. The Penn Museum has opened an exhibit, "Sacred Writings: Extraordinary Texts of the Biblical World," to coincide with Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia next month. One item is one of the world's oldest fragments of the gospel of St. Matthew. [link]

Penn Museum: "Sacred Writings: Extraordinary Texts of the Biblical World," (Ends Nov. 8, 2015); 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA; penn.museum; (215) 898-4000