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About Green Scholars Initiative

Formed in the summer of 2010, the Green Scholars Initiative brings established and young scholars together to pioneer groundbreaking research on items in The Green Collection, the world’s newest and largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts. Dr. Jerry Pattengale, director of the Green Scholars Initiative, works closely with the Director of The Green Collection Dr. Scott Carroll and the curators of The Green Collection to orchestrate a radically new research program that makes advanced biblical research more accessible to students than ever before.

The Green Scholars Initiative allows the world’s leading textual scholars to research and produce scholarship around items in The Green Collection while mentoring students in their respective fields of expertise:

"While movies like National Treasure, The Da Vinci Code and Indiana Jones tell of quests for fictional treasures, the real-life treasure hunters of the Green Scholars Initiative are uncovering new scientific mysteries in ancient biblical texts and manuscripts."
Dr. Jerry Pattengale
Director of the Green Scholars Initiative

Over 30 universities committed to participate in the Green Scholars Initiative within its first year, and others are in the process of joining. For inclusion, at least one scholar at a university must be selected by the Green Scholars Initiative team for a project (e.g., papyri, KJV, etc.), and each project is placed internationally under a Senior Scholar. Each of the professors (Scholar-Mentors) must commit to working with Junior Scholars at their university, mentoring them along the way and giving them direct access to selected items from The Green Collection. Dr. Scott Carroll, the founding voice behind the Initiative and the Director of The Green Collection, establishes each research project in conjunction with the Scholar-Mentor. The Senior Scholars will subsequently provide ongoing assistance for those selected in their areas.

While the Green Scholars Initiative remains independent of any one institution of higher learning or religious tradition, the initiative’s main undergraduate program has an academic home at Baylor University, which will host an annual gathering for the Green Scholars Initiative network (with students and their campus mentors selected through a vetting process).

Ten areas for research are targeted, with three being launched during the first phase. These include research clusters around the expansive papyri collection, the Richard Rolle manuscript, and the King James Bible.

"Speaking as an academic who has for more than four decades taught and done research on the influence of the Bible and biblical tradition on literature and the arts, I can say without qualification that the GSI project brings unparalleled intellectual and cultural resources to the American scholarly community. At Baylor, we are ecstatic about the research opportunities this collection opens up for our undergraduates as well as for our graduates students and faculty. We consider it a supreme honor to cooperate with Dr Jerry Pattengale, Dr Scott Carroll and the Green family in whatever way we can."

David Lyle Jeffrey, FRSC
Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities
Baylor University, Waco, TX

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte serves as the academic home for U.S. seminary students. Like the role of Baylor for traditional programs, GCTS-C will facilitate many aspects of the Green Scholars Initiative as it expands into seminary programs. GCTS-C has a wonderful reputation, and a robust faculty steeped in scholarly habits. The seminary has also become one of the larger institutions in the United States serving seminarians. Dr. Robert Cooley, president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Seminary, has been very involved in the programs surrounding the Green Collection. He serves on the board for the museum, which will likely be placed in Washington, D.C. He also has connections through his decades of scholarship with both Drs. Pattengale and Carroll. Dr. Pattengale’s first introduction to actual archeological artifacts came while living in Israel (1977), and it was with items from Dr. Cooley’s Dothan excavations. Dr. Cooley also hired Dr. Carroll for service at GCTS two decades ago.

About The Green Collection
The world’s newest and largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts, The Green Collection is an ever-growing, non-sectarian compilation of more than 40,000 biblical antiquities. Named for the family who founded national arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby, the collection “has created a buzz” (, 2011) and is “a sampler of Jewish, Roman Catholic and Protestant treasures” (USA Today, 2011). Hobby Lobby President Steve Green oversees the expansion and outreach of the collection and will serve as chairman of the board for an eventual national Bible museum to enable visitors to experience it year-round. Dr. Scott Carroll, a scholar of ancient and medieval manuscripts, serves as the director of The Green Collection. The national museum also will house the Green Scholars Initiative (, which brings together established and young scholars to pioneer groundbreaking research on items in the collection.