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Well businessman Stephen Green is the president founder of hobby lobby which is the world's largest privately arts and crafts retailer in a country 469 locations in 39 states but.
His greatest our passion is the Bible and He has a collection a rare bibles among the world's newest and largest privately owned collections.
And it's not for in the United States Steve along with collections period a doctor Scott Carroll joins me now joining me now from Atlanta welcome to you both.
Hi thank you.
You know Steve I ask you how you start this collection and why because there's only about a couple years ago that I started hearing about steamed Green and his collection of bibles.
When did you start doing this.
It was just couple years ago we got started and that.
I got -- -- -- Caroline He had background in collections.
And win opportunities.
Presented themselves through Scott's.
I -- to to get involved in our own.
Collection and so we started buying actually is in November 2009.
-- how -- is this collection and how long it -- you I mean in terms of you know how many of the dollar amount due to institute a mouse was this collection.
Well we have at this point over 40000 items within the collection.
And the value question we really don't fully know a lot of the items that we have -- published.
And so we have started a program called -- scholars initiative that helps determine exactly what the items are which will help determine what value is.
Well -- to -- I'm bringing you an honest because what what is the unique part about the of the Green collection.
Oh my goodness with -- like that.
It -- it has phenomenal coverage it is not only it's not only the largest car collection in the world.
Bit but also arguably his most significant.
-- you have the earliest writings.
New -- new testament writers you have.
Very very rare works once one of the kind -- just one after another after another it's just it's an absolute treasure trove of items.
What do they say one of things it.
Domino's say that is the capstone -- over the Green collection is the codecs.
-- -- -- -- That is an Atlanta hard to describe in I might laugh a little rusty right now this.
-- bibles and explained about this what this what this thesis.
I will I'll actually these are a -- -- leaves from or or series of pages from this particular manuscript.
It it's actually recycled.
It's made up of originally six different books that were Walsh.
And then -- -- again and it is from the very famous monastery in Egypt the monastery at mount saint Catherine's.
What's underneath the writing -- in black that your viewers can see.
It is what's important and we're working with Oxford University on patented technologies to draw the writings.
The vast majority.
That is in Palestinian -- me which is Jesus is -- language so we have.
The most extensive collection of scriptures the -- for the last supper of the resurrection account.
Written written in the very language by Jesus.
Here you also have the vote -- -- song 23.
What is that.
-- -- was the chairman of the Red Cross organization 1950s.
From Switzerland is great book collector.
And He collected a number of ancient papyrus.
Tax many of them were biblical tax.
And this is that this is -- particular this page are we -- to pick two pages but.
-- leaf -- it's one of almost -- hundred pages in this book of solves it dates to around 150.
It's written in Greek and the pages that I bought is an illustration of the great value of this collection.
He is actually us all 23 which begins right here so it's the earliest -- -- 23 in the world written in Greek.
In -- just a few generations after the lifetime of the apostle John.
While another one of the -- things you have with you is He 79 -- when KG -- the king James version.
Is it big block or to -- -- this is guy who live in -- will it.
Have and indicates it is two different languages there's the -- gon -- Indian as well as the English version thinking James.
And was punishing about this particular one is that He would have been illegal to printed in English in America at the time -- this printing so.
Somebody spent a lot of time.
Training this risking.
As well as learning the language of the -- -- when Indians.
Because they wanted to share scripture with the Indians are missing is so important theme -- to -- -- Bible collection.
Well our family has loved by we have.
Been in involved we're we've had a Christian heritage my.
Father comes from a pastor's home.
Is this among all went into ministry and He is past that love down to us is a family and our business has been involved and helping share God's word with people all over the world.
And win the opportunity came to.
Develop a museum and a very academic level.
They just presents the evidence that we believe that if it is what it is.
We have nothing to be afraid that.
Was a project that we were excited about being involved -- Now the tour launched in May.
How many cities are is the tour of the -- going through and where can people actually -- -- some of these elections.
But say the traveling exhibition which we call passages is -- open and Oklahoma City where we started.
And net about every six months we'll be looking at moving locations.
Right now we are looking at being in the falling in Atlanta.
Were excited about the possibilities there were finalizing some details to be able to.
Bring it here and then now from there we are -- be determined where we're going -- we've also had other exhibitions or showing.
Parts of -- -- collection and other locations Scott was just recently over in Nigeria.
-- summer collection -- we have been at the in Washington DC.
We are looking at having a showing at the Vatican.
Sometime next year as well so we're.
Looking at being able to.
-- -- in multiple.
Locations around the world and for years.
Yes if they can if they if they look him online at explore passages dot com.
You'll you'll see all the things that are going on with regard to researching and -- well where the exhibition will Wear the exhibit will be what -- will be the dates and so forth.
Fantastic thank you so much doctor Oz got her -- and dusty ring.
The -- -- passages the between collection thank you so much it's fascinating I hope to open view it very quickly thank you very much thank you for pleasure -- are -- your.
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