A Museum of the Bible forms in very secular Washington


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WASHINGTON
The National Mall may be the nation’s front lawn, but even at holiday time the museums that line it are only lightly decorated with Christmas trees and lights and not with any religious displays.

But a new privately-owned museum is going up just a few blocks away – the Museum of the Bible – that only wants to celebrate Scripture. The $400 million project two blocks south of the National Air and Space Museum doesn’t have to worry about laws or rulings that keep religion and state separate.

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It seems that this museum is going to have a decidedly American Evangelical flavor to it. I would be more interested in a museum stressing scholarly research into scripture and free of Christian Fundamentalism.

There could be many questions. Is this museum going to be explicitly or implicitly forwarding a biblical literalist framework of thought? Will they be acknowledging the apostolic beginnings of Christianity?


#3

Considering that the museum’s founder is an Evangelical Christian, I doubt the museum will be about the entire Bible but only about the Protestant Bible.


#4

Being “about the Protestant Bible” - as incomplete as it is - would be less an issue than the likelihood that an Evangelical-based “museum” would be presenting the Bible from the perspective of premillennialism, the Biblical interpretations of John Nelson Darby and Cyrus Scofield - the “rapture,” and all the related “fundamentalism” that wasn’t even a part of Christianity until the early 1800’s.


#5

Anything that increases appreciation for the Bible is a good thing - some truth is better than no truth. The people opening this museum are doing something positive to spread the word about the Kingdom of God.


#6

Is that similar to the Creationist Theme Park?


#7

Did either of you actually read the whole article? :confused:


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Museum spokesperson Amy Crouse said the new attraction will not be focused on the Bible’s “evangelical interpretation,” but will be a place that hopes to engage visitors through its exhibits and opportunities for scholarly work.

The museum announced in August that it had signed a long-term deal with the Israel Antiquities Authority to display a selection from the two million artifacts among the authority’s National Treasures, including pieces of the Dead Sea scrolls. The artifacts will be in a gallery on the top floor of the building that will be part of the museum opening scheduled for fall, 2017.

Baylor University scholar Byron Johnson, director of the Institute for Studies of Religion and an adviser to the museum, said the family has “consistently reiterated the same message: the Museum of the Bible is non-sectarian. The scholars and the design teams as well as the others that are involved come from vastly different religious (or no religious) background.”

The exhibits will be about the history of the Bible, its stories and impact, featuring some major attractions, such as first editions of the King James Bible, the English translation of the Bible dating to the early 1600s and fragments of the New Testament written on papyrus

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