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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?

January 22, 2018 | Jon D. Levenson
This is a response to Who's Afraid of the Museum of the Bible?, originally published in Mosaic in January 2018

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

It was inevitable that a Museum of the Bible (MOTB) located only steps away from the Capitol would come under intense attack, much of it even while its building was still under construction. For the presence of such an institution in our capital city draws attention to the delicate and never quite settled interplay between,
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