Tuesday, 13 March 2018

MOTB as Propaganda

Jill Hicks-Keeton went to a recent MOTB-related event in a Baptist church ('What the Museum of the Bible Conveys about Biblical Scholarship Behind Church Doors' Religion and Politics March 13, 2018).
The MOTB masquerades as an educational institution, all the while quietly partnering with organizations like Johnston’s Christian Thinkers Society who are able to do the work the MOTB’s official mission statement precludes museum officials from doing directly. What we are left with is a mutually beneficial pseudo-academic partnership. What we are left with is a museum pretending to be something it’s not, an evangelical wolf in scholarly sheep’s clothing—whose officials are more than happy to stand by, and even encourage, slippage around what the aims and claims of biblical scholarship actually are. It is not a pretty picture.
What I do not understand is the apparent US fixation on the theme of text transmission.

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