"Our new collection is of great historical and biblical significance and demonstrates the Bible's impact on every facet of life throughout the ages—including science, the arts, government, literature and languages." - Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby and Originator of The Green Collection
About the Exhibit
When philanthropist Steve Green, president of national retailer Hobby Lobby, purchased his first biblical artifact in 2009, he never expected to assemble what is now the world's largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts. Known as The Green Collection, the compilation of more than 40,000 antiquities has been featured worldwide. Regent is proud to host a part of this traveling exhibition, "Sacra Pagina," through The Living Word. Ultimately, the entire Green Collection will find a permanent home in Washington at a national, non-sectarian Bible museum dedicated to a scholarly approach to the Bible. The museum will also house the Green Scholars Initiative, which brings together established and young scholars to pioneer groundbreaking research on items in the collection. By applying his business acumen and marketplace vision to biblical antiquities, Green's desire is for people of all interests to experience the creation of the book that has altered history, shaped cultures, inspired minds and changed lives.
Highlights of the Collection*
The capstone of The Green Collection is Codex Climaci Rescriptus, one of the world's earliest surviving Bibles. Using a new technology developed by The Green Collection in collaboration with Oxford University, scholars have uncovered the earliest-surviving New Testament written in Palestinian Aramaic—the language used in Jesus' household—hidden under layers of text in this rare manuscript.
Other highlights of The Green Collection include (beginning with the oldest):
One of the largest collections of cuneiform tablets in the Western Hemisphere
The second-largest private collection of Dead Sea Scrolls, all of which are unpublished and expected to substantially contribute to an understanding of the earliest-surviving texts in the Bible
The world's largest private collection of Jewish scrolls, spanning more than 700 years of history, including Torahs that survived the Spanish Inquisition and the Nazis
Rare illuminated manuscripts and unknown biblical texts and commentaries
The earliest-known, near-complete translation of the Psalms
A number of the earliest printed texts, such as a large portion of the Gutenberg Bible and the world's only complete Block Bible in private hands
Early tracts and Bibles of Martin Luther, including a little-known letter written the night before Luther's excommunication
An undocumented large fragment of the Tyndale New Testament, apparently published while he awaited execution
The first printed Bibles in America, among them the only Bible translation ever endorsed by the U.S. Congress
Numerous items illustrating the contribution of Jews and Roman Catholics to the King James translation of the Bible and other historical effects
* Not all items listed are coming to Regent but are part of the complete Green Collection
|Wed., March 20||1:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.||Fri., March 22||10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.|
|Thurs., March 21||9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.||Sat., March 23||9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.|
This exhibit is suitable for ages 12 and older.
Spanish-language Translation Tours Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.