The Armenian Church has sued the J. Paul Getty Museum to demand the return of seven pages ripped from a sacred Armenian Bible dating back to 1256, the Associated Press reports today (June 5, 2010).
The Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America filed the lawsuit June 1, 2010 in Los Angeles. The lawsuit alleged the church had the Bible authenticated in 1947 or 1948, and it was returned with the pages missing.
A spokeswoman for the Getty Museum said the museum legally acquired the pages -- known as the Canon Tables -- in 1994 from an anonymous private collector "after a thorough review of their provenance."
Michael Bazyler, a member of the plaintiff's legal team, said yesterday that attorneys hope the pages can be returned during negotiation rather than litigation.