A believer’s deception

The news is out:
The Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, is owned by the Greens, Oklahoma billionaires who are best-known for their chain of Hobby Lobby craft stores. It has just revealed that five of its most valuable artifacts, once thought to be part of the historic Dead Sea Scrolls, are fake and will not be displayed anymore.
German-based scholars tested the fragments and found that five “show characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin and therefore will no longer be displayed at the museum.” The same scholars questioned the Greens’ fragments even before the museum opened with splashy ceremonies last year, including an event attended by Vice President Mike Pence.
CNN raised questions about the museum’s Dead Sea Scroll fragments in an article published last November, as the Green family prepared to unveil their new, $500 million museum. At 430,000 square feet, and with views of the Capitol, the Bible museum represents a significant investment for its evangelical founders.
Monday’s revelations are not the first time the Greens have courted controversy with their artifacts collection. In 2017, the Green family’s company, Hobby Lobby, agreed to pay $3 million and return artifacts smuggled out of Iraq as part of a settlement with the Justice Department.

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