I had a walk through the Museum of the Bible for a few hours this past Friday, and went in with the intention of sharing my impressions here on the blog – with lots of photos for you to see a little of what I saw, as well as to contextualize and illustrate the things that I say here. I received a voucher for a free ticket from a friend before my trip, which was very kind. I went in trying to set aside the important matter of what has happened in the past, and even what may still be going on behind the scenes. Other scholars have been involved with emphasizing to the Green family (who brought the museum into existence) the importance of not dealing in illicit antiquities. Those reading this post who may be unfamiliar with that topic can either consult Joel Baden and Candida Moss’ book Bible Nation, or any of the many articles in newspapers and blog posts related to the topic of the family and the museum acquiring illicit antiquities and smuggling them into the United States.
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