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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.

January 8, 2018 | Edward Rothstein
This is a response to Who's Afraid of the Museum of the Bible?, originally published in Mosaic in January 2018

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.

Can a leopard change its spots? Is anything new under the sun? How have the mighty fallen? Is there a phrase in the English language that has not been shaped by translations of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh)? Or—if you’re imagining a wolf in sheep’s clothing, or thinking it better to give than to receive, or
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