“This is the largest return of antiquities to Iraq,” said Iraq’s culture minister Hassan Nazim.
The US Department of Homeland Security returned the artifacts to Cairo yesterday, concluding Egypt’s efforts to retrieve the items since 2016.
The museum, not unfamiliar with scandal, failed to perform due diligence before showcasing the scrolls.
In 2012, a remarkable artifact appeared on eBay — and my research into its origins raised troubling questions.
Last year, the craft store chain agreed to hand over 5,548 antiquities that it had improperly imported.
The Museum of the Bible has the potential to reach a much greater audience than any individual scholar and there is real concern that it will selectively use scholarship to promote an evangelical Protestant view of the Bible and religion.
The Hobby Lobby case brings up several vital issues relating to cultural heritage, theft, and war in West Asia, and many of our responses have so far been misdirected.
The US government has raised serious questions about the origin of thousands of ancient artifacts being purchased for a Hobby Lobby-supported museum.