Bible Exhibit at Seminary

 Catholic News, Trinidad - Sunday 7th December, 2014

November was designated Bible Month in the Archdiocese but although the month is over, interest in the Bible remains.
On Wednesday (December 10), the Theological Institute of the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs, Mt St Benedict, will host a Bible Exhibit at the seminary’s conference room. All are invited.

Fr Arnold Francis, Dean of Studies at the Institute, told the Catholic News that depending on response, the exhibit might be taken to other locations in the archdiocese.

There will be different types of bibles on display and visuals, including posters, to give visitors background and contextual information.
Visitors will likely be able to read the 23rd Psalm in different versions of the English language. For example, there is one in ‘Old English’, a version of English spoken from 450 AD to 1100 in England and southeast Scotland:

 Fæder ure þu þe eart on heofonum; (Father our thou that art in heavens)

Si þin nama gehalgod (be thy name hallowed)

to becume þin rice (come thy kingdom)

gewurþe ðin willa (be done thy will)

on eorðan swa swa on heofonum. (on earth as in heavens)

urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us todæg (our daily bread give us today)

and forgyf us ure gyltas (and forgive us our sins)

swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum (as we forgive those who have sinned against us)

and ne gelæd þu us on costnunge (and not lead thou us into temptation)

ac alys us of yfele soþlice. (but deliver us from evil.)

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Fr Francis and Dr Everard Johnston, a Scripture lecturer and former Dean of Studies at the Regional Seminary, will both give talks on aspects of the Bible, to help people understand the geographic considerations, the Jewish culture, and how the bible came about.

The exhibit is being used as a precursor to “Reading the Bible as My Story”, a course on Lectio Divina that the Institute will offer in January, and for which Fr Francis hopes people will register. He said the course would help participants get “the best out of Lectio Divina” which, he added, was not bible study but a spiritual reading of the bible. The Bible Exhibit will give people the background needed for the course.

For more information on the exhibition and the courses being offered for the January semester, contact the Theological Institute at 662-4983.

– RS