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The Impact of the Bible

What better explains the sudden rise of republican government in the 16th and 17th centuries than the new and widespread availability of the Bible? And that’s not all.

January 29, 2018 | Diana Muir Appelbaum
This is a response to Who's Afraid of the Museum of the Bible?, originally published in Mosaic in January 2018

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My thanks to Edward Rothstein, Peter Wehner, and Jon D. Levenson for their stimulating responses to my essay on the Museum of the Bible. In these final comments, I’ll be bouncing more or less freely off of theirs. Let’s begin with the issue of “whose” Bible, exactly, the museum has in mind. Responding to my
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