News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Dr-Dirk-Obbink-Oxyrynchus-main_article_image.jpg
http://www.papyrology.ox.ac.uk/cip/photo14.html
World News

Oxford professor accused of selling Bible fragments to Museum of the Bible

by Cara Bentley

The Egypt Exploration Society owns the fragments from the Oxyrhynchus collection and has accused Dr Dirk Obbink of passing them on without permission.

Dr Dirk Obbink specialises in papyrus and Greek Literature. He is part of the Faculty of Classics at Christ Church College, Oxford, and was the head of the Oxyrhynchus papyri project.

The Egypt Exploration Society (EES) says it is aware of 13 fragments from their collection which are now in possession of the Museum of the Bible (MOTB), including extracts from Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Romans and 1 Corinthians.

The Museum, which is owned by the Christian Green family who also own Hobby Lobby Stores, has agreed with the EES' claim and is planning to return the fragments.

The EES said in a statement on their website they were "grateful to the MOTB for its co-operation, and has agreed that the research on these texts by scholars under the auspices of the MOTB will receive appropriate recognition when the texts are published in the Oxyrhynchus Papyri series".

The museum confirmed that eleven of the 13 fragments were sold to them by Dr Dirk Obbink in 2010.

The University of Oxford is now also investigating the removal of the sources.

The Oxyrhynchus texts were found by two Victorian explorers in an Egyptian rubbish dump near Oxyrhynchus and include hundreds of secular and Christian documents.

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £5 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £5 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

Connect

Donate

Donate