Yesterday, February 10th, 2018, a date that shall live in inf… err, my memory, the Hexham Abby Bible made its long awaited debut to the world. Working with the Hallie Ford Museum of Art (Salem, OR), in conjunction with Willamette University and Professor Ricardo De Mambro Santos, has been a sheer joy, and all parties involved lived up to, and exceeded, my expectations.
I was impressed to see the Hexham Abbey Bible tastefully and elegantly encased in protective acrylic, a sight that took my breath away and substituted a certain “pride” (if I may) in all the hard work leading up to this point. And the 35 engravings, all so well framed, made its impact so much more profound. I must say, that the engravings look like real museum art in their frames so much more than as loose pictures. Dr. De Mambro Santos and his students did a splendid job with all the documentation and descriptions for each of the engravings.
On March 14th, I will present a lecture on the discovery, provenance, and theological import of the Hexham Abbey Bible. I know I have my work cut out for me!
A very warm “thank you!” to everyone who participated in making the Exhibit work, from the museum’s Director to the framers and photographers to the catalogue printers to the exhibit docents. Great work, everyone, a joint effort that all of you made seem effortless (to me). My hand was very small compared to theirs. I am also impressed by the great many people who have found the Exhibit a blessing to them.
Soli Deo Gloria