An Oxford University professor has been accused of selling ancient Bible fragments to a controversial US company, arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby, that has been involved in several high-profile scandals related to its aggressive purchases of biblical artefacts. The Guardian reports.
A statement published by the Egypt Exploration Society, which manages the Papyri project, claimed it was told by the Museum of the Bible that 11 fragments were sold to it by Obbink in two batches in 2010.
New Testament scholar Brent Nongbri, said: “The sale of the manuscripts and the attempt to cover it up by removing records is almost unbelievable. But the first thing to note are the words ‘so far’. We don’t yet know the full extent of this. More items may well have been sold to Hobby Lobby.”
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