The public can now-after years of speculation, sweat, tears, and spiritual guidance-step inside the 430,000 square-foot Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, where they will find a vast collection of 40,000 biblical antiquities that museum officials hope will connect people to the "Book of Books."
"We invite all people to engage with the Bible," Tony Zeiss, the executive director of the museum, told reporters at a preview of the museum last week.
"That includes those who are faithful, those who aren't," Zeiss said. "Those who are questioning."
"We want them to come and look," Zeiss added. "It's an amazing book."
"No other book has had the impact on civilization, particularly Western civilization," Zeiss said.
"We want this museum to be enriching and engaging to all people," Cary Summers, president of the museum, said. "To that end, we have tapped many of the world's leading scholars with expertise across many subjects and faith traditions, including those with Jewish, Protestant and Catholic proficiency and perspectives, to help us craft the storylines and narrative themes of this museum."
The museum is focused around the Green Collection, the world's largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts, gathered since 2009 by museum founder Steve Green, who also is president of the Hobby Lobby stores.
Artifacts include the Codex Climaci Rescriptus, first edition Bibles and Torah scrolls, and other objects, which are on loan from the Vatican Library and Museum, as well as the Israel Antiquity Authority. The Bible believed to be one that came to America on the Mayflower is also on display.
At a press briefing for reporters last week, Green said, "The intent had always been to be a nonsectarian museum" - a remark that seemed to address some criticism of the museum being an "evangelical" institution.
So what will visitors see when they visit the museum, located in southwest D.C. in what was once a refrigeration warehouse and cost $500 million to complete, according to museum officials?
Here are some highlights, and-take note-it will take nine eight-hour days to see everything in the museum, officials said. That does not count what greets visitors arriving at the museum-the 16 ton, 37-foot bronze Gutenberg Gates inscribed with Genesis' first chapter in Latin that serves as the front door.
Floor B1 - Walk through a reconstruction of an ancient city, excavated on a hilltop over the Valley of Elah, the site of the battle between David and Goliath.
Floor 1 - The ceiling features one of the largest horizontally mounted digital screens and the "Courageous Pages" children's area.
Floor 2 - Impact of the Bible exhibit, which includes the Bible's influence on everything from fashion and criminal justice to pop culture. Also on this floor is the Joshua Machine, which allows people to record their testimony on what role the Bible has played in their lives. It also features Washington Revelations, a "ride" that lets people fly over the nation's capital to discover scriptural references around the city.
Floor 3 - Featuresthe Hebrew Bible,[Ron: What does that mean? IF it refers to the Old Testament ie the Torah, it has nothing to do with the teachings of Esu Immanuel (aka Jesus the Christ, imperfectly contained in the New Testament. See End Note] the New Testament, and the World of Jesus of Nazareth, the latter being a full-scale replica that allows visitors to wander through the town where Jesus Christ lived.
Floor 4 - History of the Bible exhibit "immersing guests in the Bible's journey through time, technology, and culture."
Floor 5 - The World Stage Theater features a 472-seat venue with a floor-to-ceiling 3-D-mapped projection system.
Floor 6 - Manna cafe featuring a biblically inspired menu by executive chef Todd Gray. [Ron: IF (when) food deliveries get disrupted in some places in the near future, Star Fleet personel may well deliver Manna to the hungry in real time.].
Special exhibits include "Amsterdam: A City of Books, Jewish Historical Museum"; "Stages of the Cross"; and the Broadway musical Amazing Grace, on stage at the museum through January 7.
Although admission is free, with a suggested donation, visitors need to go to the museum's website to get a ticket that allows them to enter on a specific day and at a specific time.
Some of the attractions do have a cost, including Washington Revelations and the musical.
Esu immanuel (aka Jesus the Christ) didn't intend to establish a religion and didn't. The Christian religion was created by Pharisees in cahoots with Roman Emperors. Accordingly the Jewish Torah was inappropriately included in the Bible and called "the Old Testament" when the Emperor Constantine established Christianity as the offical religion of the Empire. The so-called Church Fathers had no real say in the matter. In addition the Emperor Constantine and later Emperor Justinan, enforced the elimination of many books and teachings from the Bible while including the Torah. Followers of Jesus' real teachings were sidelined or bloodily eliminated. The Pharisees and neo-Pharisees have manipulated Ecumenical Councils For instance, they had Emperor Justinian eliminate all references to reincarnation from the Bible. See eg: Pope [Vigilius] Arrested for Believing in Reincarnation. -http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Pope-Vigilius-Arrested-for-Believing-in-Reincarnation.shtmlSimilarly, Jewish (neo-Pharisee) "converts" influenced Vatican II and its distortions. Pharisees and neo-Pharisees have censored and distorted successive iterations of Christian teachings and the Bible for two millenia, starting with Saul of Tarsus (St Paul) who denigrated females, subjugating them to males. A major recent distortion of the Bible was the Scofield Bible financed by the Rothschilds in the early 20th century. See eg:The Zionist-Created Scofield 'Bible'. -http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/The-Zionist-Created-Scofield-Bible.shtml
Arguably the Schofield Bible has been the major cause of the irrational acceptance of Judaism by Evangelical Christians and so-called Christian Zionists in the US. This has caused growth of belief in the gross LIE that Christian values that are derived from the teachings of Jesus the Christ have arisen from or have some real connection with, Judaism. This false belief has segued into the LIE that Western civilisation has derived its values from so-called Judeo-Christian roots.
Be aware also that the Torah was originally concocted by Levites who plagiarised and corrupted earlier Sumarian spiritual teachings in order to create a pseudo religious mind control mechanism for dominating, controlling and exploiting Judean tribal peoples. Accordingly it misrepresented and maliciously and salaciously distorted the alleged activities of historical figures like Abraham, Isaac and Moses.By the time that Jesus the Christ incarnated, control of the Torah based Temple religion had devolved into the clutches of an ideological political cabal known as Pharisees.Esu Immanuel was NOT a Pharisee nor was he a Hebrew, a Judean or a Judahite.His mother was a Sumarian and his Father's seed was provided by Archangel Gabriel. See eg:ESU IMMANUEL, THE CHRIST, WAS NOT A JEW -http://abundanthope.net/pages/Phoenix_Journals_61/ESU_IMMANUEL_THE_CHRIST_WAS_NOT_A_JEW_4237.shtml And: CREATOR GOD ATON/HATONN: THE TORAH vs. THE TALMUD - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/CREATOR-GOD-ATON-HATONN-THE-TORAH-vs-THE-TALMUD.shtml
Jesus did not incarnate to create a religion. He came to teach the truth which had been lost and replaced in Palestine with the grossly corrupted Torah based political ideology peddled by the Pharisees. That was the reason the Pharisees forced the Romans to crucify him.The Pharisees then attempted to eradicate the truth taught by Jesus by persecuting followers of his teachings and assisting Roman Emperors to create the Christian religion which they distorted and corrupted in various ways. Major distortions included denying the truth that human beings reincarnate until they learn to understand the truth and live a loving life. Another was the idea that ALL humans are not sons and daughters of God ie that Jesus the Christ was the ONLY begotten son of God. The truth is that EVERY human being is unique, ie, an only begotten son or daughter of God. This means that a fragment of Creator consciousness inheres in every ensouled human; ie everyone is a "temple" of God and needs NO intercession by ANY intemediary such as a priest or guru. This LIE enabled the Pharisees to segue their lies into the false doctrine of Jesus Christ allegedly sacrificing himself (ie being crucified) in exculpation of our "sins", ie our errors of understanding and judgment that lead us to transgress the energetic (consciousness) laws by which the universe operates.This false doctrine totally eliminates our true status as spiritual (conscious) fragments of the Creator temporarily experiencing a material existence. It also leads us to passively assume that our "salvation" is not dependent on our own efforts when it is.
No one can "save"anyone else. That means no one can learn about and understand life, the universe and everything, and live in accordance with that understanding, on behalf of anyone else. Human free will means that each individual is responsible for his/her own thoughts, actions and inappropriate inactions and hence s/he is responsible for learning to "save" (evolve) self in order to progress to ever higher levels of consciousness. Once this is understood an individual ceases to "need" a religion and priests (however described) to intercede with God on his/her behalf.
Other major corruptions included such distortions as the subjugation of women to men taught by the ex-Pharisee Saul of Tarsus (St Paul). To cap it off the Pharisees managed to incorporate the Torah and "Hebrew Bible" into the Bible as the "Old Testament". How the Jews must laugh whenever they contemplate that obvious contradiction. What could be more opposed to Jesus the Christ's teaching namely that we must love neighbour (everyone and everything) AS self, FOR the love of God (ALL), than the the materialistic, ethno-centric, racist, genocidal political ideology set out in the Torah?
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