Interfaith Exhibit of Rare Biblical Texts and Artifacts, Assembled by Baylor Research Professor Scott Carroll, Will be Exhibited at the Vatican During Lent and Easter

Feb. 27, 2012

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This Easter, in a collaboration between the Vatican and the world's largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts -- assembled by Baylor research professor Dr. Scott Carroll -- Roman Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Orthodox Christians will come together during Lenten season in Rome to celebrate their common biblical history and extend Pope Benedict XVI's vision of a renewed passion for reading and meditating on God's Word.

Carroll is a research professor of manuscript studies and biblical tradition at Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. He has traveled the world from inner China to the halls of Cambridge to curate items for the collection and is now leading groundbreaking research and discoveries on them.

His latest endeavor, Verbum Domini, is a new 5,000-square-foot, interfaith exhibit that brings together for the first time under one roof more than 150 of the world's rarest biblical texts and artifacts from The Green Collection and other private collections from Jewish, Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic collectors worldwide.

The free exhibition will run from Thursday, March 1, through Sunday, April 15, in St. Peter's Square and will give visitors to one of faith's biggest stages an unprecedented opportunity to view items sacred to people of the Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Jewish faith traditions under one roof.

The Green Collection is a compilation of more than 40,000 biblical antiquities. Steve Green, president of national retailer Hobby Lobby, purchased his first biblical artifact in November 2009 and has since assembled the world's largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts.

Carroll, a consultant to National Geographic and the BBC, is an authority on the use of technology in research, Carroll regularly collaborates with a working group at Oxford University developing innovations in multispectral imaging and digital effects to analyze ancient manuscripts. In addition to uncovering previously unknown layers of text in ancient manuscripts, the technology is expected to have further application outside the realm of ancient manuscript studies.

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