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Biblical Illiteracy = Cultural Illiteracy

The Bible molded modern English and shaped American society and culture. Now, as attacks on the Museum of the Bible suggest, it has been cripplingly tossed aside.

Visitors walk through the Ark of the Covenant exhibit at the new Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images.

Visitors walk through the Ark of the Covenant exhibit at the new Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images.

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Jan. 8 2018
About the author

Edward Rothstein reviewed the Museum of the Bible for the Wall Street Journal, where he is Critic at Large. His previous essays in Mosaic include “The Unusual Relationship between Abraham Lincoln and the Jews,” “The Problem with Jewish Museums,” and “Jerusalem Syndrome at the Met.”


The Bible molded modern English and shaped American society and culture. Now, as attacks on the Museum of the Bible suggest, it has been cripplingly tossed aside.

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