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A Museum for the Bible in a Religiously Diverse Land

There is no neutral or “universal” way to read—or exhibit—the Bible. What, then, can an American museum of the Bible strive to accomplish?

Biblically themed toys at the gift shop for the Museum of the Bible. Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

Biblically themed toys at the gift shop for the Museum of the Bible. Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

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Jan. 22 2018
About the author

Jon D. Levenson is the Albert A. List professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University and the author, most recently, of The Love of God: Divine Gift, Human Gratitude, and Mutual Faithfulness in Judaism (Library of Jewish Ideas; Princeton University Press).


There is no neutral or “universal” way to read—or exhibit—the Bible. What, then, can an American museum of the Bible strive to accomplish?

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