Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Can the Museum of the Bible overcome the sins of the past?

Lizzie Wade, ' Can the Museum of the Bible overcome the sins of the past?' Science Magazine Oct. 16, 2017
In the forthcoming book Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby, Joel Baden, a Hebrew Bible scholar at Yale Divinity School, and Candida Moss, an expert on the New Testament at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, take the Green collection to task for having commissioned inexperienced scholars to analyze ancient texts. The duo also complains that the museum has not published a complete catalog of its objects, making it impossible for scholars to know whether it owns artifacts worthy of study, or how many may have problematic provenance. The Museum of the Bible is trying to allay scholars’ fears and establish itself as a legitimate academic enterprise.
No truly legitimate academic enterprise would base any of its work on recently purchased artefacts of 'problematic' (ie lacking) provenance. How many of the latter are in the institution's research collection and exhibits?

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