Controversial Bible Museum Opened in Washington
A privately funded museum “Museum of the Bible” opened for public last weekend. The museum, located near the 500-million-dollar congress building, features ancient artifacts, interactive objects and bibles from centuries ago.
WASHINGTON D.C. –
It is not surprising that the Bible Museum or Museum of the Bible presents many varied Gospels, gospel songs, stories that use Hebrew texts such as the story of “The Dead Sea”, even contemporary fashion with the theme of the Gospels. For a museum founded by a conservative Christian-Evangelist, there is not so much surprising about Jesus.
The Museum of the Bible Executive Director Tony Zeiss says the focus is on the Gospels because his teachings help guide life.
Tony said, “There are many lessons to be learned so we focus on the history, the narrative and the impact, we want those things to make obedient people learn more about the teachings of this book.”
Tony adds this non-sectarian museum and over 100 scientists – representing various religious views – designing exhibition spaces on several floors of this spacious building. There is also a colorful interactive art show, not only to educate people, but also to entertain them; in the elevator once.
They can also follow directly the re-creation of Nazareth, the city where Jesus was brought up, complete with hand-painted trees and the sound of birds singing. The Director of Content and Material Affairs of the Museum of the Bible Seth Pollinger said, “It aims to create the atmosphere you are in. You will feel like you were in a different place as 2,000 years ago.”
The museum was founded by Steve Green, a conservative Christian-Evangelist who spent years spreading the story of the Gospels. This museum presents a number of impressive ancient artifacts, some borrowed from countries outside America and others from the vast collection of antiques belonging to the Steve Green family. Some were even smuggled out of Iraq and bought by the family, who said they did not know they were buying stolen goods. The Green family lost the valuables and even had to pay a fine of three million dollars.
Green said the museum was willing to return the artefact to their home country.
“If any artifacts of ours are claimed by them, that’s okay,” he said.
Steve Green is President of Hobby Lobby, the world’s largest art and handicraft retailer, founded by his father. In 2014, for religious reasons, the company won a case in the Supreme Court to refuse contraceptive use for workers in the family-owned companies.
“It’s hard for us – as family – to try to hide what we believe in. We believe this book is true as claimed, but our role here is to present facts about the Gospel in a more journalistic look,” he explained.
But this is questionable, says John Fea, a liberal Christian-Evangelist who is also chair of the history department at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.
John said, “No matter how much they want to be neutral and give the purpose of the existence of the Gospels, it will be very difficult to present