The entrance to the controversial museum is covered with scriptures from the Book of Genesis. It’s equivalent to an 18 story building and is just blocks from the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The newly open Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., cost over $500 million to build, is filled with over 40,000 ancient Biblical artifacts, 1,000 from the Dead Sea Scrolls alone. Also featuring a village with olive dreams one can stroll through just as Jesus would have done.
There were over 51 thousand donors for the museum, but the largest was the Green Family, owners of Hobby Lobby, Inc.
And with that came some controversy this past summer.
The Green family was forced to forfeit thousands of artifacts and pay a $3 million fine when it was discovered that some of their private collection had been smuggled into the US from the Middle East. Still, the Green family has one of the most extensive private artifact collections in the world, some now on display in the museum.
Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby, says one of the reasons they donated so much for this museum is because he believes so many people today are ignorant of the Bible. The Bible used to be taught in all schools since that stopped, there are more and more who know nothing of its teachings, stated Green. But he added,”I think there should be a separate role for church and state and it’s not the state’s role to espouse faith.”
With so many churches these days, and so many types of bibles, hopefully, this museum will shed some light on questions remaining in peoples’ minds. Many are interested the historical events, not described in the Bible. Where was Jesus from the age of the temple, 13, to age 30 when He began to go forth for His Father?
There are different mindsets about the Bible. Who’s Bible is correct when there are so many interpretations? Perhaps this museum and these artifacts will shed some light on lingering questions. Hopefully, it will not only answer the questions but will bring more people to welcome Jesus into their lives.
As President of the museum, Cary Summers said, “It’s the good, the bad and the ugly, and then you leave and make up your own mind.”