WASHINGTON, D.C. – Some 200 business, government, academic and religious leaders gathered this evening at the Vatican Embassy (Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See) as Hobby Lobby President Steve Green announced a worldwide traveling exhibition launching from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art May 16–Oct. 16.
Chris Casteel covered this evening’s announcement in Washington, D.C., for The Oklahoman, and interviewed Green for one of these NewsOK videos. To read Chris’ report, click here.
In the other video, NewsOK host Angi Bruss talks to OKC Museum of Art President and CEO Glen Gentele and Green Collection Director Scott Carroll about the collection and “Passages.”
In this year marking the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, an unusual collaboration between one of America’s top family retailers, scholars worldwide and religious leaders from across the spectrum has emerged to explore, share and pioneer discoveries around the world’s most-translated, best-selling book.
“What better time than now to explore and experience this Book that has altered history, shaped cultures, inspired minds and changed lives?” said Green in a news release.
“Passages” is the nonsectarian exhibition of a portion of The Green Collection, one of the world’s newest and largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts. The exhibition will travel first to the Green family’s hometown of Oklahoma City for its worldwide premiere at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, followed by a tour of cities and locations to be announced including a portion of the collection heading to St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City in October.
“The opportunity to present such a vast and important collection of biblical artifacts is exceptional,” said Gentele, in the release. “The exhibition provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for guests to engage with these rare materials at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.”
“Passages’” 14,000-square-foot, interactive, nonsectarian, worldwide traveling exhibition will enable visitors to see, touch, feel and experience the dramatic and surprising story of thousands of years of Bible history. Included in the exhibition is one of the earliest pieces of Genesis, along with the Codex Climaci Rescriptus, one of the earliest-surviving, near-complete Bibles, and the most extensive early biblical texts in Jesus’ household language of Palestinian Aramaic.
“The Bible didn’t come from Mount Sinai to Moses and end up in a Red Roof Inn desk drawer,” said Carroll, who holds a Ph.D. in ancient studies, in the release. “There was a process and Passages tells the dramatic story of that process.”
For more information, go to www.ExplorePassages.com.