Bootstrap wrote:Z_DC wrote:Joy wrote:A patient at a nursing home this morning asked me if I knew there was a museum of the Bible. I'd heard of it, and that's all. But she said she'd heard that Jesus' Name isn't found that much in it. Anybody heard the same?
I haven't toured the New Testament section, yet, but am planning to do that this weekend. From what I've read, the Museum was reluctant to include too much of a visual portrayal of Jesus in order to avoid making a statement about what He looked like. I guess this would be out of a sense of respect.
Did you go there this weekend? I'd be interested in hearing your impressions.
The floor of the Museum that relates to the content of the Bible features 3 sections. The Hebrew Bible section is a 45-minute walk-through of a multi-media series of presentations. The New Testament section features a 12-minute animated (not as cartoonish as it sounds) film illustrating Biblical history from the perspective of John (moving from "in the beginning was the Word" to his exile in Patmos). The crucifixion and resurrection are presented without having a frontal view of Jesus in order to avoid presenting an image of Him. I thought it was respectfully done. The third section is a recreation of 1st Nazareth similar to what you might see if you visited Nazareth Village in Israel that was designed by Mennonites. The recreation at the Museum of the Bible features costumed interpreters talking about farming, construction, family meals, etc. as if they lived in 1st century Nazareth. The interpreter in the synagogue gives a lengthy discussion of Jesus' ministry in the synagogue when He read from the book of Isaiah and was nearly thrown over a cliff. So, I didn't feel there was an attempt to avoid the subject of Jesus in these two sections.