Oxford professor is accused of selling ancient Bible fragments to an American ...

Oxford professor is accused of selling ancient Bible fragments to an American billionaire after at least 11 texts turn up at a museum in the US Professor Dirk Obbink accused of selling previous Bible fragments to billionaire At least 11 texts from the university's archives showed up at Museum of the Bible A statement from the EES online said the texts were taken 'without authorisation' A spokesman for Oxford University said it had launched an investigation 

By Susie Coen For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:16 BST, 16 October 2019 | Updated: 01:16 BST, 16 October 2019

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An Oxford professor has been accused of selling ancient Bible fragments to an American billionaire.

At least 11 texts from the university's archives have turned up at the Museum of the Bible in Washington. The archives are held at Oxford University.

Professor Dirk Obbink has been accused of selling the precious artefacts to Steve Green, who spent $500,000 opening the museum in 2017.

The ancient texts, which date from the 3rd to the 7th Century, are part of the Oxyrhynchus collection - 500,000 fragments of papyrus and parchment discovered in an Egyptian rubbish dump by two British explorers in 1890.

Professor Dirk Obbink (pictured) has been accused of selling the precious artefacts to Steve Green, who spent $500,000 opening the museum in 2017

The ancient texts, which date from the 3rd to the 7th Century, are part of the Oxyrhynchus collection - 500,000 fragments of papyrus and parchment discovered in an Egyptian rubbish dump by two British explorers in 1890

The ancient texts, which date from the 3rd to the 7th Century, are part of the Oxyrhynchus collection - 500,000 fragments of papyrus and parchment discovered in an Egyptian rubbish dump by two British explorers in 1890

The papyri, which were preserved beneath drifted sand, documented everyday life such as shopping lists, but copies of the New Testament were also found.

An apparent contract between Mr Green, the son of the founder of American arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby, and Prof Obbink was released by a researcher at the museum.

The document, which details the sale of several texts, was redacted and the sale price is not known. However, it

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