“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 of the Bible recently admitted all of its Dead Sea Scroll fragments are forgeries. But when fake antiquities are donated to museums, taxpayers lose.
Do we really have to explain to the CEO of the Museum of the Bible that archaeologists didn’t find the rock that killed Goliath?
The museum, not unfamiliar with scandal, failed to perform due diligence before showcasing the scrolls.
The Museum of the Bible has been funding a number of scholarly projects, including an illegal excavation in the West Bank that will certainly influence how the public understands the Bible and the ancient world.
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 US government has raised serious questions about the origin of thousands of ancient artifacts being purchased for a Hobby Lobby-supported museum.