Bible Museum of Africa
Located on three levels, it will have easy access from the
Cathedral or through the Museum's outside entrance.
Occupying over 100,000 square feet, it will primarily feature three dimensions – the Bible in the African Church and the African influence in the Bible; Africa and The New Testament; and Africa and The Old Testament.
It will also include a large Bible-focused children’s area, lecture facilities, library, and temporary exhibit space which will showcase exhibits from other institutions.
The Bible in Africa
This is the story of Africa’s unique embrace of the Bible, how it has come to shape world religion, and energize African identity and nationhood.
The Bible in Africa is located on the ground entrance floor and sets the tone for the whole museum. It combines artifacts along with special theaters and exhibits.
Through exhibits ranging from antiquity displays to digital interactives, visitors explore the rich history of Biblical events that happened in Africa, the critical role of Africans who helped form and transmit the Bible through the ancient world, the enduring presence of the Bible in Africa, and the impact of heart-language translations on the embrace and spread of the Bible throughout the continent’s diverse cultures.
THEATER OF AFRICA
Tracing the explosive growth of the Bible’s impact in 20th and 21st century Africa, exhibits show the transformative influence of the Bible on cultures and communities, the uniquely African Church that arose from their embrace of Bible, and the critical role of the Church and its Biblical foundations on African identity and the formation of the modern democratic nation.
THE BIBLE IN AFRICA
Following the rhythm of procession and gathering, exhibits show how the African Diaspora, i.e., Africans journeying from home – some as captives, others as opportunity-seekers, some as evangelists – have carried a unique faith perspective that continues to gather Africans around the Bible and has ongoing impact on world history and religion.
Special exhibits of the art and music of Africa will also be featured.
The New Testament and Africa
Exhibits on this floor explores the New Testament, its influence on Africa Christianity, and its enduring relevance in shaping African identity, culture, and faith.
There are many interactive exhibits that explore not only the history of the New Testament but also the formation of the church in Africa and Ghana. This floor will also feature many important artifacts and manuscripts that helped shape the New Testament and its transmission. There is a magnificent immersive scriptural journey of the New Testament shaped by African content and perspective. Four storytellers deliver the words of the Bible through dramatic oral performances inspired by centuries of African oral traditions. They guide the guest through the most impactful stories and themes of the New Testament that capture the story of Jesus, His teachings, miracles, healings, righteousness, reconciliation, transfiguration, burial, resurrection, the transmission of His words through the apostles via the Holy Spirit, Paul’s journey and ends with the revelation.
NEW TESTAMENT JOURNEY | TRANSFIGURATION GALLERY
There are many interactive exhibits that explore not only the history of the New Testament but also the formation of the church in Africa and Ghana. This floor will also feature many important artifacts and manuscripts that helped shape the New Testament and its transmission.
The Old Testament and Africa
Combining artifactual evidence and historic narrative, exhibits trace the formation of the Old Testament, its early spread in the ancient world, its adoption by various faith traditions in Africa, and the ongoing archaeological and scholarly study that furthers our understanding of its content and history.
THE HISTORY AND SPREAD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
The influence on Africa Christianity and the enduring relevance in shaping African identity, culture and faith is explored through seven immersive pavilions dealing with the creation, covenant, Dependence on God, dedication, Redemption, forgiveness, and salvation.
OLD TESTAMENT PAVILION
Highly visual imagery combined with archaeological evidence show the importance of the land in setting content for understanding Old Testament stories and reveal the similarities of Biblical lands and lifeways with familiar landscapes and communities in Africa.
LAND AND ARCHAEOLOGY
This floor will also have temporary exhibits of antiquity dating back to the time of Abraham.