March 12 marked the dedication of the International Reference Library for Biblical Research - a 10-year project implemented by the Institute for Biblical Research - in Fort Worth, Texas.
Many came to commemorate the new library, including Paige Patterson, President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), Texas State Representative Anna Mowery, and David Wenham, dean of Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University.
Envisioned by E. Earle Ellis, research professor of theology at Southwestern Seminary and past president of the Institute for Biblical Research (IBR), the library is located next to the seminary's campus.
"We have worked to establish this library for the past 10 years," Ellis said of the library, his dream of a North American "Tyndale House" come true.
Like Tyndal House in Cambridge, England, the library will be a place where scholars can study and live at the same time with an upstairs apartment and guest scholar's room. The library will also host annual lecture series.
The funding came through the contributions made by a number of organizations in Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as the IBR members themselves, who contributed $100,000 as a separate non-profit organization.
Along with Dr. Wenham, who brought greetings from Britain's Tyndale Fellowship, many others attended the dedication ceremony and shared greetings. Richard Taylor, IBR treasurer and a faculty member at Dallas Theological Seminary, brought greetings from the Institute for Biblical Research. Buist Fanning, a DTS faculty member and Simon Kistemaker, a faculty member at Reformed Seminary, Orlando, FL., both of whom are IBR library directors, also partook in the ceremony.
The International Reference Library for Biblical Research is open from 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extending operation hours is under consideration.