The Codex Climaci Rescriptus

Codex Climaci Rescriptus

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 -a dialect of Jesus' household language- found on recycled parchment under a layer in this rare manuscript.

Museum of the Bible:

Museum of the Bible exists to invite people to engage with the Bible through traveling exhibits of biblical artifacts from the Green Collection in the United States and around the world, academic research conducted through the Green Scholars Initiative, and an international museum opening in the Spring of 2017 in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to a scholarly approach of the history, story, and impact of the Bible.

The Green Collection

When Steve Green, President of national retailer Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Chairman of Museum of the Bible, purchased his first biblical artifact in November 2009, he never expected to assemble in less than three years what is now one of the world's largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts.

Known as the Green Collection, the compilation of more than 40,000 antiquities includes some of the rarest and most valuable biblical and classical pieces or items ever assembled under one roof. A portion of this collection is currently featured in the U.S. via the traveling exhibition Passages. It has also been featured internationally via the Verbum Domini exhibit.

The collection will ultimately find a home in Washington D.C. at an international Bible museum that will enable visitors to experience it year-round, with a goal of opening in 2017. The international museum will also house the Green Scholars Initiative, which brings together established and young scholars to pioneer groundbreaking research on items in the collection.


Highlights of The Green Collection

  • 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  • The second-largest private collection of Dead Sea Scrolls, all of which are unpublished and expected to substantially contribute to an understanding of the earliest surviving texts in the Bible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, ones confiscated by the Nazis and recovered in concentration camps, and others from across the globe including China
  • One of the world’s largest holdings of unpublished biblical and classical papyri, including surviving texts dating back to the time of the now-lost Library of Alexandria
  • Rare illuminated manuscripts and unknown biblical texts and commentaries
  • The earliest-known, near-complete translation of the Psalms to (Middle) English, including the Canticles and commentary predating Wycliffe’s translation by some 40 years
  • An undocumented copy of Wycliffe’s New Testament in (Middle) English
  • A number of the earliest printed texts, including 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
  • Numerous items illustrating the contribution of Jews and Catholics to the King James translation of the Bible and other historical effects