] Schøyen, who has a vast collection of antiquities, began collecting biblical manuscripts in 1986."The ultimate challenge had become to acquire a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls with a biblical text," Schøyen wrote in the book."It was for me a ' Mission: Impossible.'" His determination paid off as, gradually, he was able to track down scroll fragments that were for sale by a number of sources.
[Gallery of Dead Sea Scrolls: A Glimpse of the Past] Between 20, Steve Green, the owner of Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores, purchased 13 of the fragments, which he has donated, along with thousands of other artifacts, to the Museum of the Bible.
"Unfortunately, little is known about the provenance of these fragments because most sellers did not provide such information at the time of the sale." Antiquities dealer William Kando told Live Science that he doesn't know where the donated fragments originated.
Scientists are conducting tests on the donated fragments to help determine if any are forgeries, said Michael Holmes, executive director of the Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative, in a statement sent to Live Science.
Martin Schøyen, a collector from Norway, owns the other batch of the recently revealed Dead Sea Scrolls.
The texts from those fragments are detailed in the book "Gleanings from the Caves: Dead Sea Scrolls and Artefacts from The Schøyen Collection" (Bloomsbury, 2016).