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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