A unique exhibition was held from March 1 to April 15 in the Vatican’s Braccio di Carlo Magno (Charlemagne wing) next to St. Peter’s Basilica. Entitled Verbum Domini, it was dedicated to telling the story of the Bible amid a mounting wave of anti-Christian secularization.
“This is the most valuable exhibition the Vatican has ever had the chance to host,” archivist and librarian Raffaele Cardinal Farina stressed during the exhibition’s inaugural evening reception, “and neither will there ever be anything comparable with this in the future.”
Verbum Domini comprised some 150 items, including rare biblical manuscripts and related materials dating as far back as the third century b.c. Remarkably, two thirds of the items on display came from the Green Collection, a massive array of biblical antiquities consisting of over 40,000 pieces. The largest private collection of its kind, it is owned by the Green family of Oklahoma City.
The items on display in Verbum Domini came from Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant traditions, reflecting the interconfessional heritage and cooperation behind efforts to preserve and pass on God’s Word.
According to Steve Green, who, as representative of the Green family, is the Green Collection’s chief benefactor, the exhibition was inspired by...