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Feb. 12, 2003
Contacts: Doug Stone or Donna Nicholson, 651-696-6203


MACALESTER COLLEGE FEATURES GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS WITH REPLICAS FROM ANCIENT VERSIONS TO ONES CURRENTLY IN USE
(ON DISPLAY MARCH 11-MAY 30)


St. Paul, Minn. - The tenets of the Ten Commandments are universally understood. But Macalester College will present the commandments as they are rarely seen in an exhibit called, "A Precious Legacy: The Ten Commandments in Ten Versions," on display March 11-May 30, in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Call 651-696-6888 for information.

Using materials such as stone, parchment, papyrus and the printed page, the exhibit features replicas of the commandments from the original text from Mount Sinai written in the proto-Semitic language in the second millennium B.C.E. to 20th century texts. The commandments are presented in 10 different languages including Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin, German and Old English. For example, on view will be text from the Aramaic version from the Syrian Church, the Gutenberg Bible, Martin Luther's translation into the German Bible, the King James version and the modern Hebrew translation from the Jewish Publication Society.

The exhibit was assembled by Rabbi Bernard Raskas, Macalester Visiting
Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies. "These 10 statements are the crucible for the concepts of morality that have functioned over the centuries in the Western world, said Raskas."

Raskas came up with the idea for the exhibit after years of seeing different versions of the Bible displayed in a neighborhood bookstore in Israel, where he lives during the summer. He decided displaying the replicas together in an exhibit would give these "moral codes" a new meaning for viewers.

The exhibit was made possible by a grant from Janie and David A. Berg to Temple of Aaron Synagogue in St. Paul. It was curated by Greg Fitz, the Macalester Gallery curator. The exhibit will be on permanent display beginning in June in Macalester's DeWitt Wallace Library.

Macalester is a private liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,810 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, diversity and service to society.

 

 


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