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Bible Museum

From the other day’s NY Times.

With a goal of establishing a national Bible museum of great depth and size, the evangelical Christian family behind the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores has been spending heavily to amass a collection that has set dealers buzzing in the staid world of rare books.

Specialists estimate the family has bought illuminated, or decorated, manuscripts, Torahs, papyri and other works worth $20 million to $40 million from auction houses, dealers, private collectors and institutions, some of which may be selling because of financial pressure.

It seems like they have been buying up plenty of sifrei Torah.

The collection now includes more than 30,000 items, according to Mr. Green and his team. Some of those were shown to The New York Times at Hobby Lobby offices in Oklahoma City, including a New Testament papyrus from the second century A.D., a lavishly illustrated and illuminated Martin Luther New Testament and a Spanish Inquisition Torah.

I think that they are talking about this Torah. (This theory was incorrect. See the comment posted below).


Collecting work from the Old Testament and the New Testament has taken the buyers into Judaica. “We have over 1,000 Torahs,” said John Shipman, a venture capitalist who is the third member of the Green buying team.

Read the rest here.

Update: Check out this Sefer Torah which will soon be up for auction.

2 Responses to “Bible Museum”

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    Menachem Mendel – I happen to know who bought the sefer torah you linked to, and it was not a Christian. It was bought by a wealthy religious Jew, and not even a particularly well known collector at that. Sorry for being oblique, and I realize you have no reason to trust me, but I’m very good friends with this man and his family, and he does not want his name known.


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    Menachem Mendel:

    Your comments are fine with me. It just seemed to me that from the description of the Sefer Torah in the article that it might be that specific one. Thanks for the clarification.




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