Museum of the Bible
The Museum of the Bible is a museum being constructed in Washington D.C. documenting the narrative, history and impact of the Bible. The museum is set to open in November 2017. The Museum Collection claims to have amassed one of the largest assemblies of biblical artifacts and texts in the world through collaborations between private donors, institutions and other museums.
Permanent Museum and Collections$63m
Museum of the bible is an immersive, educational institution in washington d.c., that invites all people to engage with the bible by exploring its history, stories, and impact. Within six months of opening, museum of the bible had over 565,000 guests visit. According to post-visit surveys, 90 percent of guests rated their experience at the museum as excellent or good. The museum regularly invites the public into the museum for lectures, conferences, and educational programs for k-12 students.
Reaching over 500,000 people to date, our exhibits have traveled across the country and around the world. We have brought unique and beneficial exhibits on different aspects of the bible to dozens of u.s. Cities and 5 countries including israel, cuba, argentina, germany and vatican city, with more planned in the coming year. Each of these exhibits provided a scholarly and immersive presentation on the bible's history, narrative and impact from a variety of vantage points. All of these exhibits included public viewing of biblical artifacts from various collections.
Museum of the bible sponsors research through its scholars initiative, which facilitates a global network of scholars to pursue research and provide students with an opportunity to develop as scholars under the guidance of scholar-mentors. Key to this research model is the involvement of leading international scholars who provide supervision and oversight. The program includes more than 60 institutions and over 100 scholars in six countries. The initiative has already yielded new discoveries of international acclaim, a brill series volume on 13 previously unpublished dead sea scroll fragments, and inspired students to pursue advanced degrees in biblical studies.aramaic magic bowls projectthis project researches aramaic magic bowls in the collection of the vorderasiatisches museum (berlin), producing editions of currently unpublished bowl texts as well as themed studies on related topics, for publication in the brill series 'magical and religious literature of late antiquity'. Participants are producing a monograph consisting of a corpus of newly edited bowl texts, including transcription, translation, and commentary. In the 2017-2018 academic year, collaborators completed transcriptions of six bowls, began documentation for seven more, and prepared a partial draft of an introduction for the brill volume, detailing the history of research on aramaic magic bowls.greek paul projectthe greek paul project engages students in the textual examination of the pauline epistles, introducing them to the greek minuscule script and its transcription through the mnster virtual manuscript room (vmr). The resultant transcriptions will support new critical editions of the new testament, including but not limited to the pauline epistles editio critica maior, a new byzantine edition of the new testament and future editions of the nestle-aland novum testamentum graece. In 2017-2018, teams prepared over one hundred manuscript transcriptions for final publication, indexed twenty-seven manuscripts containing 1 and 2 thessalonians, and began transcriptions for an additional ten.greek psalter projectthe "bodmer psalms" (motb.ms.000170; ra 2110) is an important early copy of the psalms in greek and is featured as the large glass panel at the entrance to the museum in washington. This project allows students to interact with paleography, translation technique, the textual history of the old greek tradition and textual criticism, focusing on this manuscript. The result will be a scholarly edition, published in the museum's brill series, of the manuscript. The work will (1) incorporate the contributions of albert pietersma, who was able to extensively reconstruct lacunae and (2) publish for, the first time, papyri fragments which not available the testuz-kasser edition.manuscript forgeries projectthis project considers the origins and significance of forged biblical antiquities, especially inauthentic "dead sea scrolls". Participants establish new methods for identifying forged manuscripts, uncovering the sources for these fake artifacts and considering their role in popular culture. Results will contribute to the ongoing implementation of the "lying pen" model of scientific, scribal and literary analysis to the motb fragments, ultimately providing an expanded dataset for the construction of a comprehensive judaean desert manuscript database.motb siddur projectthe motb siddur (motb.ms.000764) is the earliest surviving prayer book in hebrew. The texts of individual prayers that have been bound together illuminate late antique jewish culture and religion of the eighth to the ninth centuries, in the arab-influenced buddhist areas of south and central asia. Collaborators are producing a volume containing color photographs of the entire prayer book for the first time, presenting extensive codicological, paleographic and scientific analyses of the material aspect of the manuscript. The work further incorporates textual study of these newly-discovered prayers with their specific linguistic features alongside their translations. This diplomatic edition of the motb siddur will be an essential resource for those studying hebrew manuscripts, hebrew prayer books, piyyutim, genizah studies and jewish history.speculum humanae salvationis publication projectthe medieval latin poem speculum humanae salvationis (contained in the motb collection digitized manuscript motb ms.000321 and known in english as the mirror of human salvation) was one of the most popular works of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries with preachers and laity alike. Although the work survives in hundreds of manuscripts and early print books in every major european language, there is no complete modern edition and translation. This project involves the talents of over a dozen undergraduates to produce the first modern transcription and english translation of the latin speculum, accompanied by annotations tracing the biblical references and david lyle jeffrey's detailed notes explaining the visual iconography. The project thus makes this significant text of christian interpretation newly accessible to readers in the university, pulpit, and pew today.syriac codex climaci rescriptus projectthe present project involves students in the study of the famous codex climaci rescriptus (ccr; motb.ms.000149), focusing on two syriac texts by john climacus. Participants interact with codicology, paleography, translation technique and the textual and reception histories of these syriac translations. The primary goal is the production of a critical edition of the relevant syriac texts which critically engages the greek text. The edition will explore the role of the syriac translation as a witness to the aramaic world in which the syriac text had been created and would flourish for centuries. The ccr enjoys a central role, but the project also transcribes and incorporates parallel texts in greek and syriac.tyndale house codex climaci rescriptus projectthe aim of the project is to read the underwriting of the codex climaci rescriptus (ccr; motb.ms.000149), whose upper writing was inscribed on parchment leaves taken from older manuscripts which were erased and re-purposed for the new manuscript. The erased leaves (whose text can be read via msi imaging) come from about eleven previous manuscripts, each of which was is now incomplete. These previous manuscripts are either in aramaic or greek and come from the fourth to sixth centuries. Transcriptions of these texts will be published in two brill volumes, one each for the greek and aramaic texts. In addition to identifying the underlying texts, twenty-six students have so far produced double-transcriptions of all 100 pages of aramaic underwriting and initial transcriptions of most of the greek underwriting.annual logos conferencemuseum of the bible scholars initiative held its annual conference for students and scholars participating in collaborative projects in oxford, uk. Growing out of si's mission to equip and prepare upcoming generations of biblical scholars, this event provides an opportunity for participants to explore historic centers of christian scholarship, learn from professional academics in fields related to the languages and material cultures of the bible, and enjoy a time of fellowship with one another. Through a series of lectures, skill-building sessions, tours and outings, the conference encourages students both to excel in their specific field of study, and to do so in light of their faith. In 2018, thirty-three students and fifteen scholars participated in the annual conference.coptic intensive coursethis intensive language course, led by dr. Christian askeland at the kirchliche hochschule wuppertal in germany, introduced students to the grammar, lexigraphy and morphology of sahidic coptic. Students read through significant portions of the christian bible as well as representative texts from the nag hammadi corpus. Over two weeks, students covered the introductory grammar and reading anthology of bentley layton, attended daily lectures, and demonstrated progress through quizzes and exams. Having completed the course, students were equipped with an introductory acquaintance with sahidic coptic grammar, a vocabulary of several hundred words, familiarity with the social setting of early christian egypt, and the ability to sight read basic texts.