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diningVisitors to Oklahoma City have a once in- a-lifetime opportunity to experience the world premier of Passages at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art through October 16.

Passages is the nonsectarian exhibition of a portion of The Green Collection, one of the world’s newest and largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts. The Green Collection is named for the Green family, founders and leaders of Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby, the world’s largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer.

In this year marking the 400th anniversary of the King James translation of the Bible, Passages takes visitors behind the scenes of the most-banned, most-debated, most-translated, best-selling book of all time. The compilation of more than 30,000 biblical antiquities, of which approximately 300 are featured in the exhibition, will eventually form the core of a permanent, international, nonsectarian museum of the Bible.

Passages is a 14,000-square-foot, interactive, nonsectarian, worldwide traveling exhibition that will enable visitors to see, touch, feel and experience the dramatic and surprising story of thousands of years of Bible history. Included in the exhibition is one of the earliest pieces of Genesis, along with the Codex Climaci Rescriptus, one of the earliest-surviving, near-complete Bibles and the most extensive early biblical text in Jesus’ household language of Palestinian Aramaic.

Other highlights include one of the largest collections of cuneiform tablets in the western hemisphere and the second-largest private collection of Dead Sea Scrolls, all of which are unpublished and expected to substantially contribute to an understanding of the earliest surviving texts on the Bible. Also included is the world’s largest private collection of Jewish scrolls, spanning more than 700 years of history, including Torahs that survived the Spanish Inquisition, ones confiscated by the Nazis and recovered in concentration camps, and others from across the globe.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will feature special hours through the duration of Passages. The Museum will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday evenings to 9 p.m. Prices for admission to the Museum and the exhibit are: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for students (6-18), $15 for Museum members, and free for children 5 and under. Special group and multi-day rates are also available.

For more information on the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, visit or call (405) 236-3100. For more information on Passages, visit

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