People have reportedly voiced frustrations with the Museum of the Bible because it represents the Judeo-Christian perspective and doesn’t account for other religions, according to The Daily Caller.
The museum, which is located within walking distance of the National Mall in Washington, doesn’t reflect the views of Islam or American Protestantism, so says the NY Times.
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“There are a number of prominent omissions that make it clear that it’s not a museum of the Bible as one might imagine it from a secular perspective. They don’t do a good job of talking about whether parts of the Bible are historically accurate,”Joel S. Baden, Yale University’s professor of the Hebrew Bible, told the outlet. Baden also disagreed with the lack of representation of Islam and Mormonism in the Museum of the Bible.
The museum opened for the first time on Saturday of this week and has been lauded as a “must-see” attraction amongst the Smithsonian Institute.
Some of the exhibits include a collection of the oldest Bibles in the United States, as well as parts of the Dead Sea scrolls.
The museum was funded and assembled by Hobby Lobby CEO Steven Green.
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Museum executive director Tony Zeiss said the museum was trying to educate people about an influential historical text, noting that 100 scholars added their input during the museum’s creation.
“Things are divisive, but we will not get into any of the cultural or social debates if possible. We just want to present the Bible as it is, and let people make up their own minds,” Mr. Zeiss told TheNYT.