There's a incredible difference between reading a play and seeing it acted out - complete with props, sets, and costumes. The same holds true for the biblical text. The Metzger Collection connects our past to the biblical story and brings it alive. Stand in front of Caesar Tiberius. Take a look at an Egyptian ruler that measures in cubits. Discover why the lamps of the Ten Virgins in Jesus' parable might have run out of oil (Hint: they're not big!)
The Metzger Collection was the work of a lifetime for Rev. Dr. Frederick Metzger. After touring Israel in 1967, Rev. Metzger began to collect museum-quality replicas of artwork and artifacts. Over the years, his collection grew to include over 1200 pieces. What unites the collection is Metzger's passion for showing how the Bible intersects with culture and history.
In 2012, Columbia Bible College became owners of the collection, fulfilling Rev. Metzger's dream of having a permanent home for the items where they could be enjoyed by all. The college is grateful for this generous gift and prays that the collection will educate, inspire, and enlighten all who visit.