(RNS) — As many as 17 Bible fragments were bought from a world-renowned Oxford University professor who researched the items for the British-based Egypt Exploration Society and secretly sold them to Hobby Lobby.
(RNS) — John Wanamaker saw his legendary department store — one of the first in the nation — as a pulpit, according to a new book.
(RNS) — This is not the first time the museum has faced questions about the problematic origins of some of its antiquities.
(RNS) — The return follows an investigation the museum is conducting on the origins of more than 3,000 items in its collection.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — More than 1,700 groups have visited the high-tech Museum of the Bible that sits two blocks from the National Mall, the site of the U.S. Capitol, art galleries and other museums.
(RNS) — While the Museum of the Bible is trying to sort out the origins of its holdings after a U.S. government lawsuit over the 'unlawful importation' of artifacts, a much larger sibling collection in Oklahoma City is not part of the housecleaning effort. (Analysis)
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The 430,000-square-foot museum's creators seek to fascinate, educate and — depending on your point of view — evangelize.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — And museum co-founder Steve Green breathes a sigh of relief.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The 430,000-square-foot museum with a view of the U.S. Capitol is meant to fascinate, educate and — depending on your point of view — evangelize.
(RNS) — “The removal of artifacts from a country belongs to the imperial era and this should not be happening anymore," said Gabriel Barkay, a renowned Israeli biblical archaeologist. "It dates to a time when archaeologists thought the nations where they excavated were primitive and saw themselves as the guardians of cultural treasures.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Questionable artifacts haven't cast doubt on the reputations of other museums and institutions in the same way as occurred after the Museum of the Bible's acquisition of thousands of items from Iraq in a sale that was 'fraught with red flags.'
(RNS) 'No dealer in his right mind would have been involved in this,' said Jerome Eisenberg, an antiquities dealer who has specialized in ancient art for more than 60 years.
(Reuters) The forfeiture will include some 5,500 artifacts from the region of modern-day Iraq that were shipped under false labels, as well as an additional $3 million to settle the civil charges, the Department of Justice said.
WASHINGTON (USA Today) Once the final rule is implemented, women's groups say it will be up to the states — and possibly the courts — to protect insurance coverage for contraceptives.
(The Conversation) In most instances, a justice’s religious faith has been a poor predictor of his or her judicial philosophy.