What Others Are Saying

MEDIA ON THE MUSEUM:

  • "A new multimillion-dollar, high-tech, interactive museum of the Bible . . . "
    -USA Today, April 4, 2011

  • "High-tech museum to take scholarly look at Bible . . . " 
    -USA Today, April 4, 2011

  • "The Good Book informs [Green's] family's business and inspires their philanthropy. It is also the centerpiece of their latest charitable project: the creation of the country's first museum devoted to telling the story of how the Bible came to be, recounting its effects on the world, and relating its message."
    -Philanthropy magazine, July 1, 2011

  • "That museum is perhaps as ambitious a project as the collection it will house." 
    -Philanthropy magazine, July 1, 2011

  • “Scheduled to open in 2017, the yet-to-be-named museum would welcome people of all faiths and include rare Torahs as well as historic Bibles.”
    -TheNew York Times,  July 16, 2014 

  • “[T]he [museum’s] proposed design had drawn an enthusiastic response from residents because it would rehabilitate the building’s imposing exterior and create a new public space.”
    -The New York Times, July 16, 2014

  • “The project’s cast of leading players…include respected biblical scholars, a deeply religious theme park magnate, and hipster New York designers whose other projects include branding Yankee Stadium and the NBC logo.”
    -Washington Post Magazine, Sept. 12, 2014

  • “At a time when polls show that Americans are increasingly ignorant about the Bible and religion, the Greens are happily pouring hundreds of millions into preserving, researching and taking public what’s called the Book of Books.”
    -Washington Post Magazine, Sept. 12, 2014

  • “A museum collection of such great cultural significance will likely be a sought-after destination for the visiting public.”
    -Thomas Luebke, secretary of the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts, Washington Post Magazine, Sept. 12, 2014
     


MEDIA ON PASSAGES AND THE MUSEUM COLLECTION:

  • "The astonishing collection has created buzz in the world of rare book collecting." 
    -Fox News, April 13, 2011

  • "A sampler of Jewish, Roman Catholic and Protestant treasures . . . " 
    -USA Today, April 4, 2011

  • "[These] rare biblical texts and artifacts would make Indiana Jones salivate."
    -CNN, Jan. 18, 2012

  • "A blessing to the world that these precious, sacred texts have been gathered and will be lovingly and respectfully cared for through time"
    -Roma Downey, producer of The Bible miniseries, Denver Post, May 10, 2013

  • "About 17 months ago, the Green family went on a very expensive shopping spree. But they didn't burn the money on Bentleys, vacation homes or exotic yachts. They instead bought up 30,000 rare biblical texts and artifacts that now make up the largest private collection of its kind in the world." 
    -Fox News, April 13, 2011

  • "The Book of Books exhibit is notable not only for its rare manuscripts but also its unusual balance between the Jewish and Christian narratives, and the reverence with which it treats both."
    -Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 28, 2013

  • "Masterpieces on display at Passages . . . "
    -University City Partners (Charlotte, N.C.), Dec. 3, 2012

  • "In its depth and breadth, its rareness and its historical and cultural significance, this exhibit, called Passages, is maybe the most important exhibit ever to visit metro Atlanta."
    -Dunwoody Crier, Dec. 6, 2011

  • "Passages is a feast of illuminated texts... and scrolls."
    -Colorado Springs Independent, July 3, 2013

  • "A family-friendly field trip . . . "
    -ParentLife, Aug. 11, 2011

  • "As president of national retailer Hobby Lobby, Steve Green has his own kind of personal passion, but it has nothing to do with arts and crafts. His passion is collecting rare biblical texts and artifacts that tell the history of the Bible and its impact on people's lives . . . "
    -Colorado Springs Gazette, May 14, 2013

  • "Passages . . . employs whiz-bang technology such as holograms and animatronics as well as actual biblical texts and artifacts to explain the heritage of [the Bible]"
    -Denver Post, May 10, 2013

  • "Scholars at 30 universities worldwide are burrowing into rare texts from the collection and pioneering technology that enables them to bring out the ancient words in the most faded and printed-over manuscripts." 
    -USA Today, April 4, 2011


SCHOLARS ON THE MUSEUM COLLECTION AND SCHOLARS INITIATIVE:

  • "The paradox is that the Greens are not collectors, but rather benefactors who see this collection as a resource that will be accessible to the scholarly, educational and faith communities."
    -Dr. Gordon Campbell, Professor of Renaissance Studies, University of Leicester, U.K.

  • "What the Getty family did for art and the Rockefeller family did for archaeology, the Green family is doing for the Bible and biblical history. Not only is the Museum Collections the most remarkable treasury of biblically-related materials, in its brief history it has already spawned advances in scientific and technological applications and created a worldwide brotherhood of established and budding scholars. 'Deliberate' best describes the Museum Collection. The family has deliberately acquired the best exemplars from every period in the history of Judaism and Christianity. They have deliberately chosen to make these items available to people around the world, and they are deliberately employing them to reshape the sociology of scholarship, creating collaborations that will change the future of biblical studies and inspire new generations of Christian scholars. The Scholars Initiative is a unique program, making it possible for undergraduates to work on primary materials alongside world-class scholars. Whenever I speak about the Museum Collections and the Scholars Initiative, people get excited. Most importantly, young people get excited. I see the program contributing significantly to a reversal of the recent decline in college students interested in theological studies. I greatly appreciate the global vision of the Scholars Initiative . . ."
    -Dr. Curt Niccum, Associate Professor of Bible, Abilene Christian University

  • "The Museum Collections contains an astonishing array of biblical artifacts. In visiting the display, my students can actually see the Syriac palimpsest I taught them about in class; they can read the 'shema' inscribed on a tiny silver scroll; they can physically walk through the history of biblical interpretation, ticking off Tyndale's Bible, the Bishop's Bible, The Geneva Bible, and the King James 'He' and 'She' versions, among others. The exhibit goes to exceptional—and effective—lengths to reach those who might not otherwise have cared about the history of the Bible, and is a true delight for those who are already captivated by this great book.”
    -Dr. Lisa M. Wolfe, Associate Professor, Endowed Chair of Hebrew Bible, Oklahoma City University

  • "The Scholars Initiative recaptures for the 21st century the zest that fueled the Renaissance rediscovery of classical learning."
    -John Wilson, Editor, Books & Culture

  • "The Museum Collections is one of, if not the very finest, private collections of biblical antiquities ever assembled. It is in the hands of an owner, and a wonderful staff, who recognizes the priceless scholarly and spiritual value of these artifacts. The Green Scholars Initiative is an innovative, forward-thinking way of putting the collection in the hands of experts and students. It is a revolutionary model. Whereas collections usually work for the benefit of the private owner or the institution and its personnel, the Green Scholars Initiative will democratize access to an invaluable resource."
    -Dr. Kyle Harper, Assistant Professor of Classics and Letters, University of Oklahoma

  • "The extraordinary artifacts in the Museum Collections offer viewers a fascinating glimpse into early Christianity. The extensive collection of rare tablets, scrolls, manuscripts and printed books brings history alive in an awe-inspiring way. The innovative Green Scholars Initiative breaks new ground by offering students an opportunity to conduct original research using rare artifacts from the Green Collection. I can think of no other research program in which, for example, a student can carry out serious research on a second-century fragment from Corinthians and publish the results."
    -Dr. Mark Roosa, Dean of Libraries, Pepperdine University

  • "What will be unique about the Scholars Initiative, will be the mentoring of students by senior scholars from many universities in the study of texts from the Museum Collections, some as yet unpublished, which will lead to the publication of scholarly articles."
    -Dr. Edwin Yamauchi, Professor of history emeritus, Miami University

  • "What an amazing opportunity for undergraduate students—to be able to do hands-on work on rare and important ancient manuscripts under the guidance of a scholar mentor! This year select students will get to work on Codex Climaci Rescriptus, an important manuscript for biblical studies. Who would have thought that would ever be possible for undergrads?"
    -Dr. Leonard Allen, Director, Abilene Christian University Press

  • "The Museum Collections is a wealth of biblical and ancient manuscripts and artifacts that will resource scholars and students for years to come, and will provide the general public a rich understanding of the Bible and its impact upon societies. We all owe the Green family a debt of gratitude for their efforts to share this wealth through scholarly initiatives, exhibitions, lectures and the future museum of the Bible. It will be a force in bringing a global focus to the best-selling book of all time."
    -Robert Cooley, President Emeritus and Professor of Biblical Archaeology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

  • "The Green family has been deeply committed to showing the influence of the Bible on Western culture. We have shared those values over many years in our work on the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. The Green's excellent collection of papyri, artifacts, and manuscripts on the transmission of the Bible is a great gift to all of us."
    -Dr. Thomas C. Oden, General Editor, The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and Director, Centre for Early African Christianity

  • "Past scholars in biblical studies have been known to acquire treasured documents and use these documents to advance their own careers. The Museum Collections and the Green Scholars Initiative are intentionally stewarding treasured documents in shared ways—to advance scholarship and discernment of the Bible for the world! Their work and their sharing is a sign of their commitment to let these ancient texts continue to speak today! The Greens have done the world of biblical scholarship a great favor in their willingness to share these important ancient texts. . . .The fact that the Green family is committed to scholars and mentoring relationships demonstrates that this is not a short-lived commitment by the Greens. . . .Generations of scholars—and biblical scholarship—will be forever shaped by the Green's willingness to share and steward these resources among small teams of scholars and young people . . ."
    -Dr. Marty Alan Michelson, Professor, Southern Nazarene University

  • "The Museum Collections is a most important collection at a critical time for our culture—both Christian and non-Christian—when people are questioning all sources of authority and authenticity. It impresses observers with the meticulous care with which men and women of faith have sought to preserve the integrity of scripture. The Museum Collections is exceptionally well-designed to 'tell the story' of the preservation and translation of scripture. . . . We are deeply indebted to the centuries of scholars and saints who meticulously preserved and sought to be accurate in translations. . . . We are thankful to the Green family for helping us regain the import of this singular book."
    -Mike E. O'Neal, President, Oklahoma Christian University