About The Green Collection

Steve Green, president of national retailer Hobby Lobby, purchased his first biblical artifact in November 2009. In less than two years he assembled what is now the world's largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts, The Green Collection.

This compilation of more than 40,000 biblical antiquities will ultimately find a permanent home in a national, non-sectarian Bible museum. Green's desire "is for people of all interests to experience the creation of the book that has altered history, shaped cultures, inspired minds and changed lives."

The capstone of The Green Collection is Codex Climaci Rescriptus, one of the world's earliest surviving Bibles. 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 - the language used in Jesus' household - hidden under layers of text in this rare manuscript.

Other highlights of The Green Collection include (beginning with the oldest):

  • 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  • The second-largest private collection of Dead Sea Scrolls, all of which are, as yet, unpublished.
  • The world's largest private collection of Jewish scrolls, spanning more than 700 years of history, including Torahs that survived the Spanish Inquisition and the Nazis.
  • One of the world's largest holdings of unpublished biblical and classical papyri, including surviving texts dating back to the time of the now-lost Library of Alexandria.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.
  • 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.
  • Numerous items illustrating the contribution of Jews and Catholics to the King James translation of the Bible and other historical effects.