“Passages” is a 14,000-square-foot, interactive exhibit culled from portions of The Green Collection, an assemblage of Bibles and biblical artifacts owned by the Green family of Oklahoma City, which owns crafts chain Hobby Lobby and Christian bookstores Mardel.
“It’s a big deal,” said Scott Carroll, director of The Green Collection. “It’s an experience of a lifetime. You’d have to travel around the world to see what you can see here.”
Although visitors won’t have to hop a plane, the collection will after the exhibit closes in October: The pieces then will be shown in the Vatican. But it’s by no means a Catholic or Protestant gig.
“We are unswervingly nonsectarian,” Carroll said. “We’re simply about telling the story of the book we’re privileged to curate.”
Those without a religious connection to the text are welcome as well.
“For people who have no personal investment in the Bible, these are windows to history,” Carroll said. “There’s something about being a cultured person, about knowing the literature of the world.”