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Armenian Church

Sues Getty

Over 'Magical' Bible

6/2/2010 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Western branch of "the oldest organized Christian Church in the world" is suing the J. Paul Getty Museum in L.A., demanding the return of 7 pages from a "magical" 750-year-old bible that was allegedly stolen during the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1918.

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doc_launch_small_200In documents filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America claims The Getty "acted in complete disregard" for the Church's rights in 1994 when it bought "stolen" pages of the Zeyt'un Gospels Bible.  

The Church claims the Zeyt'un Bible was created for Constantine I by "the master illuminator T'oros Roslin" in 1256, and is one of Armenia's most valued national treasures.  The Church believes the book "wielded supernatural powers."


When the Turks invaded Armenia in 1915, the suit claims, descendants of a royal Armenian family fled with the Bible, with whom it was thought to be safe.  Yet, when the Bible was returned to Armenia following WWII, 7 key pages were missing ... pages that turned up at The Getty.

The Church claims it learned the Getty Museum had the pages in 2007, but the Getty has refused to return it.  Now, the Church is asking the court to order the pages returned, and for damages of $35 million.

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91.

Kardashi-Don't    

You are soooooooooooo jealous :))))))))))
Rightfully so- i'd be pretty jealous if I was from Armenia and only known for my anger :)

1502 days ago
92.

Hawk    

It seems to me that that average poster on this story has the IQ equivelant to a PEA. National treasures no matter who they belong to stolen / or taken by force should be returned to their rightful owners. During WWII a great many works of art by the masters that were held by the Jewish nobility of Europe were confiscated and taken to Berlin. years later when ownership was proven, whole collections were returned to their righful owners the decendants of those who owned the works of art. So far as the Anti-Armenian bigoted remarks that are surfacing here, those who post those remarks should consider this...Todays's Armenians are the decendants of a 3000 year old people, culture, and heritage. When Armenia declared it's independence in 1918 from Ottoman Turkey right after the Genocide of the 1915, it became a democratic country and afforded all of its citizens the right to vote incuding women years ahead of the west's women's suffrage. When the west was busy with enslaving the African continent, and trading in human commodities in the 17-1800's Armenians were fighting for freedom from slavery. When the United States was an agrarian society, Armenians had organized trade unions, were in import / export, in Law, engineering, and medicine. Armenians designed and built the most notable historic sights in today's Turkey, Middle East, and even Europe. The Gothic Architecture of Europe was based on Armenian Architecture brought back by the Crusaders who spent time in Christian Armenia....And Yes, Aremnia was the First nation in the world to take Christianity as it's national religion. For that one reason Armenia has paid a steep price, and still does in a region where the Romans were still worshiping the sun and saw christianity as a threat to their empire. In a region where Islam took hold in every other country except Armenia. This of course was one of the main causes of Genocide against the Armenian population. So yes, the national treasures of Armenia should be returned to their rightful owners. The $35 Million in damages is only fair because an amicable settlement to this matter was attempted and failed.

1502 days ago
93.

Hawk    

It seems to me that that average poster on this story has the IQ equivelant to a PEA. National treasures no matter who they belong to stolen / or taken by force should be returned to their rightful owners. During WWII a great many works of art by the masters that were held by the Jewish nobility of Europe were confiscated and taken to Berlin. years later when ownership was proven, whole collections were returned to their righful owners the decendants of those who owned the works of art. So far as the Anti-Armenian bigoted remarks that are surfacing here, those who post those remarks should consider this...Todays's Armenians are the decendants of a 3000 year old people, culture, and heritage. When Armenia declared it's independence in 1918 from Ottoman Turkey right after the Genocide of the 1915, it became a democratic country and afforded all of its citizens the right to vote incuding women years ahead of the west's women's suffrage. When the west was busy with enslaving the African continent, and trading in human commodities in the 17-1800's Armenians were fighting for freedom from slavery. When the United States was an agrarian society, Armenians had organized trade unions, were in import / export, in Law, engineering, and medicine. Armenians designed and built the most notable historic sights in today's Turkey, Middle East, and even Europe. The Gothic Architecture of Europe was based on Armenian Architecture brought back by the Crusaders who spent time in Christian Armenia....And Yes, Aremnia was the First nation in the world to take Christianity as it's national religion. For that one reason Armenia has paid a steep price, and still does in a region where the Romans were still worshiping the sun and saw christianity as a threat to their empire. In a region where Islam took hold in every other country except Armenia. This of course was one of the main causes of Genocide against the Armenian population. So yes, the national treasures of Armenia should be returned to their rightful owners. The $35 Million in damages is only fair because an amicable settlement to this matter was attempted and failed.

1502 days ago
94.

Kardashi-Don't    

Hilarious!!! And...so TRUE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTmL4goF4nA&feature=youtube_gdata

1502 days ago
95.

Details?    

Bible pages should be shared, and viewed. It is thee message that is important, not who ownes the Bible!

1502 days ago
96.

AnnaO    

ahahhahahahhahahahhahaahh to Kardashi-Don't....to come and keep commenting on this subject goes to show how burnt you are by Armenians....its such a small population some ppl reading this probably never even met an Armenian..so dont throw up ur opinions based on a bad experince with one armenian... you talk about negativity..look at the crap ur posting you hatting ps of ****t...i wonder how badly you wer ass F***ed by an Armenian for you to just keep coming back and commenting in here...and just in case you didn't notice the negativity is aimed at the douche bagging ignorant ****ts like you who deny the mass murder of the Armenian race..i will bet money your a turk...LOL is right but I'm laughing at u, piggy, not with u. AND THE STUPID **** ABOUT HAIR AND SMELL UR JUST AN IDIOT MIMICING OTHER PPLS OPIONION....GET UR OWN BRAIN AND STOP USING OTHER PPLS OPIONION AS UR OWN...I MEAN FOR SOMEONE TO HATE ARMENIANS SO MUCH WHY WOULD U GET CLOSE ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW THEY SMELL OR HOW HAIRY THEY ARE...EWW...LOOSER

1502 days ago
97.

The Whole Truth    

The only reason the US doesn't recognize it is because the Jewish lobby puts pressure not to pass the bill every year so they can get brownie points and favors from Turkey. Hopefully that will change now that their relations are shaky. Of all countries, for Israel not to recognize the genocide (and for the US not to) is hypocritical and pathetic to say the least.



At least Armenia acknowledges the Holocaust and is an honest nation of people who doesn't sell themselves short to win over Muslim friends even though they are surrounded by them. Israel should learn some lessons from them.

1502 days ago
98.

Descendant of Genocide Survivor    

As a great-granddaughter of a survivor of the genocide (and yes, it is a genocide), I have been informed firsthand of several stories that involve much looting of family valuables (as well as home crucifixions, force-marching into the Syrian desert, holding dying family members, etc but that's a whole other story). My great grandmother grew up very comfortably in a large home in Erzrum. It was raided and taken over by the Turks, and was used for decades as a Turkish infirmary.



Turks have stolen millions of dollars worth of goods which are respectfully property of Armenians. While Armenians do have a somber history of getting conquered and reconquered, what the Turks did was flat-out PLANNED extermination of the Armenian race. Please check out the photos taken by German soldier Armin T. Wegner circa 1916: http://www.theforgotten.org/site/intro_eng.html



Bottom line: Give the damn pages back!

1502 days ago
99.

Lavrent    

This is a reply to Professor Obvious.
As far as we all know, before going into war with any country you have to announce it. Instead Turks went on killing many innocent people that did not have any weapons. Ethnic cleansing did happen by Turks, because killing 1.5 million people, raping women, enslaving young girls, killing innocent new born babies, and deporting Armenians from their homes (60...% of them did not even make it alive)is all considered Ethnic Cleansing. This is why, most of the countries in the world have recognized it (except for America and Israel). Please, read books before you write something like that. After all, thank you for the few nice credits to Armenians. And I think, they should give the 7 pages back, because it means a lot.

1502 days ago
100.

Anonymous    

An antiquity that is wrongfully acquired should be returned to it's original owner. Pages from the Book of Kells are revered and turned occasionally for viewing by the public at Trinity College. Again, this book is viewed in it's full context as should the Zeyt'un Bible should be.

1502 days ago
101.

Audrina    

The people that are hating on Armenians or on any other race are being very rude and racist. You have no opinion on anything when you have hate in your mind and soul. You words mean nothing because you guys are being ignorant and disrespectful. You're side tracking and hating on the race when really this article is about ownership. It is a lawsuit. Not about making comments on the race and how much you hate them. Comment about the principle of the article.



Thank you and I wish you all well.

1502 days ago
102.

liz    

0_0 woww I read the entire thing and it looks like it's B.S. but it's really well written B.S. Armenians will win the case not only cuz it's well written but because they have the really intelligent and popular lawyers behind them.

1502 days ago
103.

cz    

Wow, talk about igonorance. I wonder if holocausts happened because of ignorant, dumb and hateful people like the ones that are leaving the stupid comments questioning the genocide and critisizing the Armenians???
It's a pretty straightforward article that reports about a suit about ownership.

1502 days ago
104.

Hayrenaser    

For all you genocide deniers,



http://www.unitedhumanrights.org/genocide/armenian_genocide.htm



The United Human Rights Council, educate yourselves and have a great day you s***s of Earth

1502 days ago
105.

AWA    

This is for comment #12. Unless you can prove without a doubt that 1.5 million civilians were not raped, decapitated or just marched to their death then you have no right to claim the genocide as a fraud. maybe you should get your facts straight then open your mouth. Think before you speak or just shut the f#$k up.



P.S. Armenia was not at war with the Ottomans because sadly they did not have a army large enough or capable enough to fight.



As for the getty just return the pages, but no monie(s) "damages" in legal terms should be paid.



F@#K THE KARDASHIANS THE ONLY ONE HOW IS NOT WORTHLESS IS BRUCE AND SADLY HIS IS NOT ARMENIAN

1502 days ago
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