A Christian family’s involvement in the antiquities trade

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The Green family is behind Hobby Lobby, an American chain of arts and crafts stores, that agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts in early July 2017. Before it was known that Hobby Lobby was under federal investigation for its acquisition of antiquities, Professor Candida Moss interviewed Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby.

The Green family is behind Hobby Lobby, an American chain of arts and crafts stores, that agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts in early July 2017. American prosecutors had determined that these artifacts had been smuggled out of the Middle East and had been intentionally mislabelled when imported to the United States.

Before it was known that Hobby Lobby was under federal investigation for its acquisition of antiquities, Professor Candida Moss interviewed Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby, for her forthcoming book about the Green family, entitled Bible Nation: The United States Of Hobby Lobby (which will be published in October 2017). NPR asked Professor Moss on 6 July 2017 on the radio show All Things Considered if she had addressed the question of illegal antiquities with him, and how Hobby Lobby’s interest in antiquities is connected to the establishment of the Museum of the Bible by the Green family in Washington, D.C. Read the full transcript of the NPR interview

Candida Moss, Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology, Department of Theology, University of Birmingham

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