WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Museum of the Bible, now under construction in Washington, will feature ancient artifacts and treasures from the Holy Land under a new deal with the Israel Antiquities Authority.
An agreement announced Tuesday will bring a selection of artifacts excavated in Israel to be displayed in a top-floor gallery at the Bible museum. The new museum is set to open near the National Mall in the heart of the capital in 2017.
Officials say the specific artifacts to be displayed haven't been settled. In 1993, the Israel Antiquities Authority exhibited the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Library of Congress in Washington.
The Museum of the Bible already holds a collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts. There are cuneiform tablets dating to the time of Abraham, Torah scrolls and rare printed Bibles.