Southwestern dedicates Phillips Dead Sea Scrolls Library

FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS ) – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustee Gary Loveless remembers his grandmother, Leta Phillips, who lovingly reared him in the fear and admonition of the Lord. For this reason, he chose to honor her memory with the dedication of the Leta Phillips Library.

“She was a warrior for Christ,” Loveless said of his grandmother. “She told us about Jesus and led by example. She was one to tithe whether we had money to eat at school or not.”

Loveless recalled his grandmother’s constant reminder, which he has tried to live out over the years: “No matter where you go, whether you achieve a little or whether you achieve a lot, it’s what you do for Christ that will really count when you meet the Savior.”

President Paige Patterson said Leta Phillips’ life is a testimony of someone “being known by very few people but impacting lives of people all over the world.”

Loveless, founder and CEO of Square Mile Energy in Houston, provided the lead gift for the purchase of the initial collection of Dead Sea Scroll fragments at the seminary. The Leta Phillips Library will display these fragments of the earliest surviving copies of the Hebrew Old Testament for generations to come. Additionally, the library will display artifacts from the seminary’s Tandy Archaeology collections and rare facsimiles of ancient documents. An adjoining translation room provides a location for Southwestern faculty and other scholars to research and translate these ancient pieces.

“Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary continues to expand its rich academic heritage this week as it dedicates two new libraries in the new MacGorman Chapel,” Berry Driver, dean of libraries at Southwestern Seminary, said prior to the dedication.

“These constitute the seventh and eighth campus libraries, with both consisting of special collections. Both are ‘working libraries’ for research by students, faculty, visiting scholars, as well as information resources of interest to visitors on the campus.”

In July 2012, the seminary will put on a full exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls along with artifacts and antiquities from all over the world, including Israel and Jordan. For more information on the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, visit www.SeeTheScrolls.com.

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