The Creation “Museum” vs. the Bible

Ben Stanhope drew the above photo of a display at the Creation Museum to my attention. It is truly illustrative of the character of young-earth creationism. They claim to be all about the Bible, and yet they can’t be bothered to get the Biblical text correct in a display like this one, and don’t know enough about the Bible – and the language that not only Exodus and Deuteronomy but Genesis was written in – to get it right. How many errors can you spot?

 

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  • Darrell Pursiful

    Okay, I’ll start with the easy one: the text should be in some form of Paleo-Hebrew script, not POINTED block script.

    • Sixtus

      Indeed. I don’t know any Hebrew, Paleo or otherwise, but I do know that vowel pointing was developed in the Middle Ages.

    • histrogeek

      Damn, you beat me to it. Although I think it’s called Proto-Hebrew, not Paleo.
      Maybe their justification is like the KJV only Bible. G-d specfically wrote in an anachronistic language because it would be more convenient to later believers.
      G-d is tricksy. Just ask those angels who had to bury all those dinosaur skeletons.

  • Iain Lovejoy

    Not sure from the picture, but are the commandments inked rather than carved?

  • Iain Lovejoy

    Didn’t God inscribe the “covenant law” on the tablets, not the ten commandments?

  • http://www.rethinkingfaith.com/ Dave Leigh

    The two tablets should also be identical, one copy for the Suzerain and one for the vassals. But since God was to dwell among his people, they were to be stored together in the ark of the covenant.

    • Alexi Trevor Malmgren

      I awlays thorught there was on each he jsut didn;t have any rock big enough to put all 10 on

  • Ben Stanhope

    *One caveat* since this is an older picture. I can confirm that these tablets were removed some time recently from the museum and were replaced by two blank grey ones. (I’m guessing they didn’t have anyone on hand capable of producing the correct paleo-Hebrew.)

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      Thanks for the update!

    • Earthlings Make Me So Angry

      Ben, I’m wondering when that photo was taken and if you would mind if I kept a copy of it. I’m working on a book on creationism and have been to the Creation Museum a number of times since summer 2015. No tablets at all then.
      Jim Linville

  • http://www.rethinkingfaith.com/ Dave Leigh

    Where is Moses’ veil? Otherwise his face should be shining (Exodus 34:28-35).

  • Earthlings Make Me So Angry

    James, Here is a photo I took Oct 1 2015 of the same scene. The tablets are missing. What I thought was funny was that the Isaiah figurine has a Torah scroll even though the placard emphasizes the writing of his own scroll (I think to link it to the famous Qumran Isaiah scroll). My friend thought that someone had actually switched the placards for Moses and Isaiah around. I wrote to AIG to inquire but got no reply. When I return to the Creation Museum in Aug 2016, the display was still as is shown here. I’m wondering if your friend would mind if I kept a copy of his photo. Do you know when it was taken?
    Cheers,
    Jim Linville https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c8d7a435c9dddf978e181c2c5e5b28396a62b061bfd6e6d7b64e5e33013db4bb.jpg

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      Ben commented above, and so you can talk to him directly! :-)

    • Tim

      Why does the figure on the left there look like Christopher Lee as Saruman in LOTR?

      • Earthlings Make Me So Angry

        Because in Isaiah God said “Who should I send?” And Isaiah said “You can send me if I get to dress up like Saruman”. And God said, “Well, if that’s what it takes to appeal to the younger generation these days, I’m good with it.” And it was so.

    • Gregory Peterson

      Is that Torah made of papyrus?

      Or perhaps parchment? (I had thought incorrectly that the Romans had invented that material.)

      https://www.abaa.org/blog/post/the-history-of-vellum-and-parchment

  • http://sciencestandards.blogspot.com/ Ted Herrlich

    One question, do you think the Creation ‘Museum’ pays any attention to the actual Bible? I stopped referring to Ken Ham’s folks as ‘Christians’, but as ‘Hamians’, because they follow less Christian doctrine and more what Kennie says doctrine should be. I visited the ‘museum’ in 2009 and found it to be less a museum and more a carnival ride telling one particular story. (First Impression and A Lesson of Being Defensive

  • John MacDonald

    In order to defend their own existence, the fringe often trivializes the qualifications of the consensus. Historical Jesus agnostic and part time Richard Carrier apologist, Raphael Lataster, said as an analogy to the Jesus historicity question, that :

    “Academics and lay-people alike need not learn Greek or fully acquaint themselves with Greek culture, in order to dismiss Greek mythology as historically accurate. Similarly, historians (such as Carrier), secular scholars of religion (such as myself), and philosophers (such as Law), from outside the field of Biblical studies, could provide immense contributions … (Raphael Lataster, Jesus Did Not Exist: A Debate Among Atheists, 2015, pp 7-8).”

  • Gregory Peterson

    Wouldn’t the tablets have been in Cuneiform?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      More likely in the pre-exilic script used for writing Hebrew.

      • Gregory Peterson

        Of course Moses wasn’t raised Jewish, so…would’t he have written something in the alphabet used by elite Egyptians at that time?

        Was writing done by scribes for them?

        • RMStrong

          As a member of Egyptian royalty, he would have been fluent in both hieroglyphics and hieratic (kind of a shorthand/cursive type of hieroglyphs). He also would have been a priest–which would also have given him complete access to Pharaoh practically whenever he wanted, whether Pharaoh wanted to see him or not, as the text implies.

          It is quite possible that the first histories of the Hebrews were written in Egyptian.

        • Loren Crow

          G-D wrote those commandments with the Almighty Finger.

  • Gregory Peterson

    I bet that he’s not circumcised…

    (I’m attempting humor here.)

  • RossM

    Moses should actually **look** Jewish.

  • Joyce Cann

    anybody holding two stone tablets would probably put out more effort – this Moses looks like he is cradling a baby!!

  • http://gospelaccordingtodoctorwho.tumblr.com/ gospelaccordingtodoctorwho

    Also it is quite possible the the tablets were made of blue lapis stone

  • Craig Thompson

    Well Mel Brooks was quite a bit shorter in real life

  • http://timebottle.weebly.com/ Beau Quilter

    Of course, this is wholly an argument over the accuracy of what has archaeologically been demonstrated to be a myth. The exodus story may have a been an echo of a much earlier Canaanite expulsion from Egypt, the Hyksos around 1570 B.C.E.

  • Brandon Roberts

    yeah ken ham is a laughingstock to most people.

  • Phil Ledgerwood

    The Hebrew on the tablets says, “Display courtesy of Goodrich & Sons Genesis Displays.”