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HK to feature Bible show
Updated: 2004-07-27 01:43

A week-long religious exhibition in Hong Kong will recount the history of Bible publications in China.

"The lamp to my feet, the light to my path -- an Exhibition of Bible Ministry of Churches in China" will be held on August 5-10 at Central Exhibition Hall in Hong Kong.

Deng Fucun, vice-chairman of the National COmmittee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movements of China, reads a copy of the New Testament published in 1894. [newsphoto]
Visitors will be passing through a "time tunnel" which tells the publication of the Bible in China since 1949.

Copies of the Bible used to be confiscated or destroyed during the "cultural revolution" between 1966-76. Publishing resumed in 1987 at Amity Press in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu Province.

The main exhibits include dozens of Bible copies held as national treasures. Moreover, a group of wooden sculptures featuring the life of Jesus will also be on show.

Zhang Wanlong, one of the three sculptors, said they spent more than three years on their works and are planning to display them in Europe.

According to officials with the Hong Kong Bible Society, the exhibition was planned at a February meeting of the China Christian Council and the Three-Self Patriotic Movement Committee of the Protestant Churches of China.

The exhibition will be coupled with a youth conference of the Baptist Church, once every five years, in the same building August 4-8. Thousands of youths from around the world will meet in China for the first time for such a purpose.

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