New discoveries may await in study of Green Collection of ancient biblical texts

New initiative will give students, leading Bible scholars the chance to study the Green Collection of ancient biblical manuscripts.
BY LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN Published: April 3, 2011

If you're going to amass a collection of more than 30,000 ancient biblical artifacts, scholars are going to want to study those texts, papyri and manuscripts for history's sake.

The Green family, which has been collecting these artifacts in recent years, has big plans for such research in conjunction with the launch of “Passages,” the new worldwide traveling exhibition which debuts May 16 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

The Green Collection includes works such as 11,000 Cuneiform tablets from 4100 B.C. to 300 B.C., ancient literary tablets that show cultures, languages, laws of biblical times, Biblical papyri that feature the writings of Homer and Aristotle, second-century New Testament texts, works of Demosthenes from 335 B.C. and more.

“The beauty of it is that we have a lot of items that have not been studied or analyzed so there is interest in knowing what some of this is,” said Steve Green, Hobby Lobby president and the most visible Green family member behind this project, in a phone interview with The Oklahoman last week.

“Because of the significance of our collection, a lot of the leading scholars around the world have interest in being part of the study of it because that's their world.”

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