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Bringing together nationally and internationally-known scholars, The Museum of the Bible: A Critical Introduction analyzes the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., from a variety of perspectives and disciplinary positions, including biblical studies, history, archaeology, Judaic studies, and religion and public life. The Museum of the Bible is poised to wield unparalleled influence on the national popular imagination of the Bible’s contents, history, and uses through time. This volume provides critical tools by which a broad public of scholars and students alike can assess the Museum of the Bible’s presentation of its vast collection and wrestle with the thorny interpretive issues and complex histories that are at risk of being obscured when private funds put a major museum near the National Mall.

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ISBN-13: 9781978702844
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication date: 06/21/2019
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 386,596
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jill Hicks-Keeton is assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma.

Cavan Concannon is associate professor of religion at the University of Southern California.

Table of Contents

Foreword Candida R. Moss and Joel S. Baden

Introduction Jill Hicks-Keeton and Cavan Concannon

I. What’s the Bible Good For?

Chapter 1 “It’s Complicated.” “No It’s Not.” : The Museum of the Bible, Problems and Solutions

Margaret M. Mitchell

Chapter 2 Exploring Race, Religion, and Slavery at the Museum of the Bible

Terrence L. Johnson

II. The Museum of Whose Bible?

Chapter 3 Christian Supersessionism and the Problem of Diversity at the Museum of the Bible

Jill Hicks-Keeton

Chapter 4 Looking at the Bible Sideways: One Jewish Scholar’s Perspective Marc Zvi Brettler

Chapter 5 Smoke and Mirrors: The Hebrew Bible Exhibit at the Museum of the Bible

Mark Leuchter

III. Archaeology, Israel, and the “Reliability” of the Bible

Chapter 6 Theopolitics, Archaeology, and the Ideology of the Museum of the Bible

Cavan Concannon

Chapter 7 The Land of Israel and Bodily Pedagogy at the Museum of the Bible

Sarah F. Porter

IV. Materiality, Text, and the Production of Scripture

Chapter 8 Editing Without Interpreting: The Museum of the Bible and New Testament Textual Criticism Jennifer Wright Knust

Chapter 9 The Green Papyri and the Museum of the Bible Roberta Mazza

Chapter 10 Christian Dead Sea Scrolls?: The Post-2002 Fragments as Modern Protestant Relics Ludvik A. Kjeldsberg

V. Christian Nationalism and the Bible in America

Chapter 11 Letting the Bible Do Its Work on Behalf of Christian America: The Founding Era at the Museum of the Bible John Fea

Chapter 12 Religious Freedom for a Christian America: “Don’t You Agree?” Stephen L. Young

VI. Religion, Politics, and the Museum’s Hidden Partners

Chapter 13 The Creationist Museum of the Bible James R. Linville

Chapter 14 Museum of the Bible’s Politicized Holy Land Trip Mark A. Chancey

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