Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Since INSPIRED Exhibit is about the Bible, how does INSPIRED view the Bible itself?
INSPIRED has a strong conviction that the Bible, in its entirety is the inspired, inerrant Word of God. The Old and New Testaments form one single book that tells one story about one person, Jesus Christ. The words of scripture have a power and authority unlike ordinary words. INSPIRED is passionate about illuminating the redemptive message of the Bible while telling the remarkable story of how the Bible came down to us.
Q2. THE BIBLE HAS BEEN TRANSLATED INTO HUNDREDS OF LANGUAGES, AND INSPIRED INCLUDES BIBLES AND MANUSCRIPTS IN SEVERAL OF THOSE LANGUAGES. WHAT ABOUT THE LOCAL LANGUAGE WHERE THE EXHIBIT IS BEING SHOWN?
The story of Bible translation is one of significant toil and great sacrifice by many people. Following the initial work of translation, the copying, printing and preservation of the Bible in the local language is often just as remarkable and is a story that needs to be told. INSPIRED always includes the powerful story about how the Bible was translated, printed and preserved in the local languages where the exhibit is displayed.
Q3. Where do the items displayed in the INSPIRED Exhibit come from?
While some of the items belong to INSPIRED, most are on loan from significant private collections around the world. The INSPIRED Exhibit team is extremely grateful for the vision and generosity of these collectors in allowing their valuable items to be seen, often for the first time in an area.
Q4. How is INSPIRED Exhibit supported?
INSPIRED Exhibit is a non-profit ministry supported completely through donations from individuals, churches, ministries and foundations. For giving information or to donate, please go to the donate page.
Q5. What educational opportunities does INSPIRED Exhibit offer for schools?
INSPIRED offers a unique and engaging one-hour educational experience for students of all ages. Support materials are available in advance for teachers. As students tour the exhibit, docents bring the experience to life. Activities include individual and group learning projects. Hands-on activities include access to a fully functional replica of the Gutenberg printing press. Students are able to print a page of the Bible for themselves.
Q6. What kind of partnership is involved between INSPIRED and the local churches and ministries where the exhibit is displayed?
INSPIRED comes to an area at the request of a coalition of churches, denominations, unions, Bible societies, theological schools, national libraries or government entities. These groups cooperate together for the purpose of bringing the exhibit to their city. While INSPIRED staff is able to assemble the right items to tell the story of the Bible in a powerful way, it is the cooperation of local believers that makes the exhibit possible because they are best suited to find the right location and to provide the necessary communication to make the exhibit a success. Preparing the exhibit includes significant translation and printing needs as well as finding gifted volunteers to serve in a variety of roles both before and throughout the exhibit. INSPIRED Exhibit is usually in one location for a period of three weeks and includes accompanying lectures, educational trips by schools and other related events.