WASHINGTON, September 28 – Washington, DC continues to enlarge its museum culture grid with new themes and collections. The latest announced addition: a museum about the Bible, coming in 2016.
Owners of The Green Collection, the world’s largest private assemblage of rare biblical texts and artifacts, have announced a home for the collection in Washington. The collection belongs to the billionaire Green Family, founders and leaders of Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby, a 520-store arts and crafts retailer which CEO David Green founded 35 years ago in his living room.
Significant among The Green Collection artifacts is the Codex Climaci Rescriptus a sixth century Bible that includes the only surviving New Testament text in Jesus’ language, Palestinian Aramaic. It was purchased from Westminster College at Cambridge University contains the earliest known scripture in English, dated 1341.
Cary Summers, chief operating officer of the museum, told Religion News Service recently that Dallas and New York were considered as museum sites, but the nation’s capital won out. Museum of the Bible will locate at 300 D Street, SW in what is now the Washington Design Center, a series of home furnishings showrooms. The Greens purchased the location two blocks from the National Mall for $50 million in July.
The future museum will contain many of the items in the Green Collection of 55,000 items which range from Dead Sea to Torah scrolls, and includes 30,000 rare biblical texts and artifacts.
A preview exhibition of what the museum will offer has been traveling to diverse locations like Oklahoma City, Vatican City, atlanta, and now Charlotte, NC. Called Passages, (explorepassages.com) Filled with rare biblical texts and artifacts, it invites visitor interaction via multimedia.
Renowned biblical scholars like Dr. Jerry Pattengale and Dr. Alister McGrath are involved in The Green Scholar’s Initiative (greenscholarsinitiative.org), the research arm of the collection, which purposes to assemble the world’s leading and young scholars of biblical texts and artifacts to promote new discoveries. The museum also will be home to that initiative.
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