Scholar to present treasured manuscript, lecture at Huntingdon


Montgomery, Ala.—Dr. Oliver Larry Yarbrough, Tillinghast Professor of Religion at Middlebury College (Vermont) and Fulbright Research Scholar, will present a replica of the Codex Sinaiticus to Huntingdon College's Houghton Library as well as a lecture about the gift, "How a King, An Emperor, and a Pharaoh Helped Make the Bible as We Know It," Wednesday, April 6, at 4:00 p.m. in Houghton Library Atrium. The gift will be dedicated in honor of Dr. Yarbrough's in-laws, The Reverend Joe Ed and Mrs. Betty Kimbrough Hastings of Montgomery. Mrs. Hastings is a member of the Huntingdon College Class of 1951. The public is invited to attend.

Codex Sinaiticus, one of the two oldest Christian Bibles in existence, is a masterpiece of 4th century bookmakers' art. Handwritten more than 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Most of the original Codex is on permanent display in the British Library in London, with other pages held in libraries in Moscow, Leipzig, and at St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai. These four institutions recently collaborated to produce a facsimile edition of this important document and to make it available to scholars around the world for hands-on research. Presented in its original size and with beautifully digitized full-color pages, the new edition reflects the quality of Codex Sinaiticus in most every detail.

Dr. Yarbrough is a native of Tuscaloosa and graduate of Birmingham-Southern College. His graduate degrees are from Cambridge, Emory, and Yale Universities. As the Tillinghast Professor of Religion at Middlebury, Dr. Yarbrough teaches and writes on the Bible, early Judaism, and early Christianity. In addition to chairing the Middlebury Religion Department for fifteen years, he has most recently directed Middlebury’s programs in Middle East Studies and Arabic. The combination of these interests led Dr. Yarbrough and his wife, Amy Hastings, to Alexandria, Egypt, during the fall of 2010, the beginning of a sabbatical year. The second half of his sabbatical has been spent at Lake Martin, where he continues his research and writing. Dr. Yarbough and Amy Hastings will present a Presidential Colloquy about their perspectives of the Egyptian uprising for members of the Huntingdon community Monday, April 11, at 4:00 p.m. in the Office of the President.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. A coeducational liberal arts college, Huntingdon is consistently listed among "America's Best Colleges," published by U.S. News and World Report, and in the Princeton Review's "Best Colleges: Region by Region" and "Best Southeastern Colleges" publications. The College motto is "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service."

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