The Museum of the Bible, which is set for its official opening in Washington D.C. in November, has responded to several news headlines claiming that its multitech exhibits largely ignore the story of Jesus Christ.
“The forthcoming Museum of the Bible is nonsectarian and invites everyone to engage with the history, narrative and impact of the best-selling book of all time,” Steven Bickley, Museum of the Bible’s vice president of marketing, administration and finance, told The Christian Post in an email Thursday.
“It’s no surprise a museum about the world’s most controversial book would inspire passionate conversations even before it is complete, which is why we invite the world to see Museum of the Bible for themselves when it opens to the public Nov. 18, 2017.”
Some media outlets, such as The Washington Post, that previewed the various exhibits and technology the museum will have on show, argued that though the $500 million project includes tens of thousands of Biblical texts and artifacts, it is light on the Gospel of Christ.
“D.C.’s huge new Museum of the Bible includes lots of tech — but not a lot of Jesus,” WP’s headline on Monday read, adding that there is “very little Jesus” present in the exhibits.
The Daily Mail reported that the museum “features lots of technology but ignores the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.”
And Newsmax said that Jesus is “nearly an afterthought in Museum of the Bible.”
Bickley explained to CP that the Narrative floor of the museum is divided in half between the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.
“An intriguing element awaiting guests on this floor is ‘The World of Jesus of Nazareth,’ featuring the sights and sounds of Jesus’ day, as well as a film — produced in a stylized, ink-and-parchment motif — focused on the spread of the early church, as told from the perspective of those who knew Jesus,” he continued.
The story of the early Christians and how their community, centered on Jesus, originated and spread will be presented, he noted.
SOURCE: Stoyan Zaimov