In March 2015, Columbia Bible College will hold a grand opening for the Metzger Collection, an intriguing collection of artifact replicas that sheds light on the biblical past.
The Metzger Collection was born in 1967, when Reverend Dr. Fred Metzger – a missionary and pastor – began collecting replicas of artifacts that he came across during his world travels. Today, the Collection numbers thousands of pieces, including replicas of the Rosetta Stone, the Sennacherib Prism, and busts of Roman emperors.
Why create such a collection? Metzger’s vision was to help people understand biblical history in a new way and to be inspired by how the Bible and God’s people have shaped the world for good.
“How many people,” Metzger wondered, “know that our public school system was born when monks in monasteries taught the people to read and write in order to study the Scriptures?”
Also included in the Collection is a copy of the Declaration of Independence, with its famous line, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” For Metzger, this was a reminder that “All our concepts of freedom and education come from Biblical sources.”
Freedom and humanity’s capacity for goodness are not things Metzger took for granted. During World War II, Metzger assisted Jews in escaping Nazi Germany. Rather than focus on atrocities, however, Metzger’s collection does the opposite: it points people to a loving Creator who uses human beings to change the world for the better.
When he died in 2011, Rev. Metzger generously gave his collection to Columbia Bible College and requested that CBC would honor his vision for inspiring people with artifacts that bring our biblical heritage to life.
With renovations and preparations almost complete, CBC is looking forward to opening the Metzger Collection to the public.
Join us at Columbia on Saturday, March 14 for the grand opening of the Metzger Collection.
Adapted with thanks from a reflection written by CBC Student, Jason Thomassen.