Saturday, October 31, 2015

Are the Hobby Lobby owners illegally importing religious artifacts from Iraq?

By Lindsey Bever

WASHINGTON, DC---The owners of the arts-and-crafts mega-chain Hobby Lobby, which will open a major Bible museum in Washington in 2017, are cooperating with a federal investigation “related to certain biblical artifacts,” the company says. The release of the company statement on Wednesday follows a report this week by the Daily Beast that investigators are looking into whether the owners improperly imported antiquities from Iraq. [link]
In 2011, a shipment of somewhere between 200 to 300 small clay tablets on their way to Oklahoma City from Israel was seized by U.S. Customs agents in Memphis. The tablets were inscribed in cuneiform—the script of ancient Assyria and Babylonia, present-day Iraq—and were thousands of years old.