Oklahoma City Museum of Art to feature ‘Passages,’ an exhibit of rare biblical texts and artifacts

12.jpgWASHINGTON — The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will be the first stop for a worldwide traveling exhibition of historic biblical texts and artifacts collected by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, who announced here Thursday that the exhibition, marking the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, would open May 16.

“It will have some of the most incredible rare biblical artifacts in private hands in the world,” Green said. “It will tell the story of the history of the English Bible.”
Green unveiled plans for the traveling exhibition at the Vatican Embassy, where business, government, academic and religious leaders gathered to view some of the items that will be in Oklahoma City next month.
The interactive exhibition, called “Passages,” will encompass 14,000 square feet and be the worldwide debut of the Green Collection, one of the world’s largest privately held collections of biblical texts and artifacts.

Green said the exhibition will trace the early transcriptions of the Bible through its translation into European languages and, ultimately, into English.
Among the items to be displayed, Green said, will be “one of the oldest, relatively complete Bibles in the world.”
Known as Codex Climaci Rescriptus, the Bible is the only surviving New Testament text in Jesus’ household language of Palestinian Aramaic, Green said.
One of the earliest fragments of the Book of Genesis will also will be on display.