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Today, homeschool children and parents explored Museum of the Bible to learn about the impact, narrative, and history of...
10/21/2022

Today, homeschool children and parents explored Museum of the Bible to learn about the impact, narrative, and history of the Bible.

To book a visit for your group or learn about other educational opportunities, visit museumoftheBible.org!

After Watchman Nee’s death in prison, a scrap of paper was found under his pillow. It read: "Christ is the Son of God wh...
10/20/2022

After Watchman Nee’s death in prison, a scrap of paper was found under his pillow. It read:

"Christ is the Son of God who died for the redemption of sinners and resurrected after three days. This is the greatest truth in the universe. I die because of my belief in Christ.” Watchman Nee.

Learn more about the life and martyrdom of the man recognized by “Christianity Today” magazine as one of the most influential Christians of the 20th century in our special “Personal Stories” exhibit.

Discovery alert! 💫 Scholars have found the earliest known, scientifically precise star chart hidden in a medieval codex ...
10/19/2022

Discovery alert! 💫 Scholars have found the earliest known, scientifically precise star chart hidden in a medieval codex at Museum of the Bible.

The Codex Climaci Rescriptus is a palimpsest, or parchment scraped clean of older text by a scribe for reuse. Using state-of-the-art multispectral imaging, researchers at University of Cambridge enhanced the partially removed text and uncovered the fabled star catalogue of the astronomer Hipparchus. 🌌 🔭

Learn more about this exciting discovery in Nature: motb.me/1sgq6a.

10/19/2022
Museum of the Bible returns Gospel Manuscript 220

On September 29, Museum of the Bible had the honor of officially returning Gospel Manuscript 220 to the Panagia Eikosiphoinissa Monastery in Drama, Greece.

We are grateful for our continued partnership with the Greek Orthodox Church and for a permanent display of biblical manuscripts and religious objects in our History of the Bible exhibit. Learn more about Gospel Manuscript 220: https://motb.me/7j7gda.

📷: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America/ Panos Saatsoglou

What price would you be willing to pay for your beliefs? Join us and DIVE tours October 19 at Masada, where Jewish Zealo...
10/18/2022

What price would you be willing to pay for your beliefs? Join us and DIVE tours October 19 at Masada, where Jewish Zealots so vehemently opposed Roman occupation of Judaea they chose death over slavery.

Explore this ancient site using advanced images combined with an online interactive classroom to create a rich, immersive experience. Register today at https://bit.ly/3CM95Gs.

This typewriter was custom made by Moses Gaster (1856–1939), a scholar and rabbi, so he could correspond with Samaritans...
10/17/2022

This typewriter was custom made by Moses Gaster (1856–1939), a scholar and rabbi, so he could correspond with Samaritans in Palestine, to learn about their community and their culture. Gaster could not write in Samaritan script, and the Samaritans could not read his Jewish script, so he had the typewriter built as a way to reach out to them.

See this typewriter when you visit our exhibit "Samaritans: A Biblical People," and learn more about Moses Gaster in our magazine: https://motb.me/magazine.

This single page removed from an unknown hymnal contains the hymn, The Old Rugged Cross. 🎼 It is signed by the hymn’s au...
10/16/2022

This single page removed from an unknown hymnal contains the hymn, The Old Rugged Cross. 🎼

It is signed by the hymn’s author, George Bennard, who was a Methodist Episcopal preacher and hymn composer active in the The Salvation Army USA. The lyrics refer to the crucifixion of Jesus and draw on language found in Luke 9:23–24, Galatians 6:14, and Hebrews 13:12–13.

Learn more about our : motb.me/4vquh4.

“I heard there was a secret chord that David played and it pleased the Lord …” 🎶    These are the opening lines to a son...
10/15/2022

“I heard there was a secret chord that David played and it pleased the Lord …” 🎶

These are the opening lines to a song called “Hallelujah.” Written by Leonard Cohen, it’s been covered or performed over the years by Justin Timberlake, Tori Kelly, Pentatonix, Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, and many more. It’s been called one of the greatest songs of all time and appears often on shows like “American Idol” and “The Voice.”

The song draws on the biblical story of David — and it’s one of many songs to take inspiration from the Bible. Can you name any other biblically inspired songs? 👇

Join us for Homeschool Day at Museum of the Bible!Enjoy a fun-filled day with our museum educators. Learn about Bible il...
10/14/2022

Join us for Homeschool Day at Museum of the Bible!

Enjoy a fun-filled day with our museum educators. Learn about Bible illumination and how Gutenberg printed the first Bible, make your own oil lamp, and discover what Nazareth was like during the life of Jesus. Bring your curiosity and get ready to dive into the Bible!

Sign up: motb.me/homeschoolday2022.

The United States Navy was founded  in 1775. During World War I, the YMCA printed this New Testament for the United Stat...
10/13/2022

The United States Navy was founded in 1775. During World War I, the YMCA printed this New Testament for the United States Navy.

As in previous wars, the Young Men’s Christian Association believed Bible study would be essential to strengthening the resolve, as well as the morals, of military personnel as they entered this war. This Bible includes a message from President Woodrow Wilson.

Learn more about our in our Bible in the World exhibit or on our Collections page: motb.me/pwa78p.

 the Bible has been the source of hundreds of idioms and phrases in several languages? At least 18 in the English langua...
10/12/2022

the Bible has been the source of hundreds of idioms and phrases in several languages?

At least 18 in the English language have come from the book of Psalms alone, such as “a broken heart” (Psalm 34:18), “sweet as honey” (Psalm 119:103), and “apple of your eye” (Psalm 17:8).

Can you name any other idioms or phrases with a biblical background? 🤔

This year for Sukkot, you can see two different sukkahs at the museum! 🍋We have a traditional Jewish sukkah in our Bibli...
10/11/2022

This year for Sukkot, you can see two different sukkahs at the museum! 🍋

We have a traditional Jewish sukkah in our Biblical Garden, and a traditional Samaritan sukkah in our exhibit, The Samaritans: A Biblical People. Those celebrating Sukkot are welcome to eat lunch in our kosher sukkah in the Biblical Garden.

Explore both sukkahs when you visit us!

When you think of the Wild West, what comes to mind? It might be cowboys and open prairies, but for us it’s this Pioneer...
10/10/2022

When you think of the Wild West, what comes to mind? It might be cowboys and open prairies, but for us it’s this Pioneer Bible! 🌾

Our bears the inscription, “Benjn C Smiths Book,” and was one of many Bibles that made the journey across the Mississippi River between the 1840s and the 1880s. Nicknamed the “Pioneer Bible,” this volume is an example of the Bible’s presence in the westward expansion of the United States.

Learn more: motb.me/gkxzss.

 in 1818, the Washington Monument opened to the public. Did you know there are commemorative stones inside the monument?...
10/09/2022
Beyond the Walls: The Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial | Museum of the Bible

in 1818, the Washington Monument opened to the public.

Did you know there are commemorative stones inside the monument? Two of these stones include direct biblical quotations. Both the Sabbath School Children of the Methodist E. Church in Philadelphia (Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6) and the Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday School (Proverbs 10:7) found perfect words for their tributes in the words of the Bible.

References to the Bible and direct quotations are all around us. Explore where you can find more of the Bible in DC here: motb.me/l7l821.

Religion has played a significant role in American life throughout the country’s history. Many of America’s greatest leaders have been influenced by the teachings of the Bible, and biblical verses can be found in many of their speeches and quotes now preserved on DC’s monuments. In his book M...

"Sing! An Irish Christmas" is coming back to Museum of the Bible this Christmas Season! 🎶 Our World Stage Theatre shows ...
10/08/2022

"Sing! An Irish Christmas" is coming back to Museum of the Bible this Christmas Season! 🎶

Our World Stage Theatre shows are almost sold out, so we have added a special new performance at The Anthem on December 19th.

Get your tickets today to continue the tradition of celebrating the sounds of Christmas with Keith and Kristyn Getty and Museum of the Bible. Learn more: motb.me/gettys.

Today, former President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama made a special visit to the museum. He toured our History of the Bi...
10/07/2022

Today, former President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama made a special visit to the museum. He toured our History of the Bible exhibit, including a stop in our Illuminations exhibit to view the Bible in his language.

Thank you for visiting, John Dramani Mahama! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Desmond Tutu was born  in 1931. Tutu was the archbishop of Cape Town and became the first black Anglican archbishop in S...
10/07/2022

Desmond Tutu was born in 1931. Tutu was the archbishop of Cape Town and became the first black Anglican archbishop in South Africa. Two years prior, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent stance in opposition to apartheid.

When he retired as archbishop in 1996, Tutu continued to use his considerable influence to write and promote his “Children of God Storybook Bible” — especially for children in Africa. In it, he retells more than 50 of his favorite Bible stories, illustrated with art from all over the world.

Our newest exhibit, The Samaritans: A Biblical People, displays contemporary art from the Jewish Art Salon. Eight artist...
10/06/2022

Our newest exhibit, The Samaritans: A Biblical People, displays contemporary art from the Jewish Art Salon. Eight artists created 11 artworks specifically for this project.

Explore this exhibit to admire these unique creations among the many other exciting artifacts on display.

Jonathan Edwards, a Congregational minister, was one of the First Great Awakening's most prominent preachers. He was bor...
10/05/2022

Jonathan Edwards, a Congregational minister, was one of the First Great Awakening's most prominent preachers. He was born in 1703 in Connecticut. His famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was preached on July 8, 1741.

The text for this sermon came from Deuteronomy 32:35: “Their foot shall slide in due time.” You can learn more about Jonathan Edwards, the First Great Awakening, and “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” in our Bible in America exhibit.

 October is Pastor's Appreciation Month? To celebrate, we are offering pastors and clergy: 🎟️ Discounted Admission for t...
10/05/2022

October is Pastor's Appreciation Month? To celebrate, we are offering pastors and clergy:

🎟️ Discounted Admission for the month of October
🍳 Free Breakfast (on Mondays only)
📖 A special workshop with our Chief Curatorial Officer Dr. Jeffery Kloha (on Mondays only)
🛍️ Select deals at our Museum Shop

Tag your pastor or clergy to show your appreciation!👇

Learn more about how we're celebrating: motb.me/rjgbet.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins this evening. Yom Kippur is a Jewish holiday, mentioned many times in Bible, mo...
10/04/2022

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins this evening. Yom Kippur is a Jewish holiday, mentioned many times in Bible, most prominently in Leviticus 16, when Jews take time to reflect on individual wrongdoings over the year and seek and offer forgiveness.

The Jewish High Holy Days, which culminate with Yom Kippur, began September 25, with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

Last week, we celebrated the opening of our new Galilee Theater presented by The Chosen. Guests enjoyed a special screen...
10/03/2022

Last week, we celebrated the opening of our new Galilee Theater presented by The Chosen. Guests enjoyed a special screening of “Unfiltered: Gen-Z Reacts to The Chosen” and met the actors who portray Eden, Thomas, and Little James in the global series.

Enjoy scenes from The Chosen in the theater on your next visit and, if you missed the event, listen to our interview with Katherine Warnock, VP of Original Content at The Chosen. Katherine shared about the extraordinary growth of The Chosen – more than 400 million views in only a few years – and discussed sharing the Bible in a new way to new audiences.

Listen here: https://motb.me/podcast.

Few objects resound through American history more than the Liberty Bell.  it wasn’t originally called the Liberty Bell? ...
10/02/2022

Few objects resound through American history more than the Liberty Bell. it wasn’t originally called the Liberty Bell? Or that the reason for the name is the Bible verse inscribed on its side? 🔔

The words, from Leviticus 25:10, read: “Proclaim Liberty thro’ all the Land to the Inhabitants Thereof.”

It was in 1839, decades after the bell was cast, that abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison published a poem calling it the “Liberty Bell” — and the name stuck! Garrison and other abolitionists cherished the bell because they cherished the verse it proclaimed. Garrison readily quoted the verse in his private letters.

Learn more about the Liberty Bell in our Bible in America exhibit.

How do you spend your mornings? ☀️ ☕ Check out our latest magazine article "5,000 Hours in the Making: A Bible in Korean...
10/01/2022

How do you spend your mornings? ☀️ ☕

Check out our latest magazine article "5,000 Hours in the Making: A Bible in Korean Calligraphy" to learn about how one man spends his morning copying the Bible.

Read this article and more here: https://motb.me/magazine.

It’s ! So today, we’re highlighting some of our favorite episodes from our podcast, “Today at Museum of the Bible.” 📖 Al...
09/30/2022

It’s ! So today, we’re highlighting some of our favorite episodes from our podcast, “Today at Museum of the Bible.”

📖 Alain Rey Creator of Nano Bible
🎙️ John L. Cooper of Skillet
📱Bobby Gruenewald of YouVersion

Who do you want to see on our podcast next? Share in the comments! 👇

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Museum of the Bible invites all people to engage with the transformative power of the Bible.

Museum of the Bible, located in Washington, D.C., aims to be among the most technologically advanced and engaging museums in the world. Showcasing rare artifacts spanning 3,500 years of history, the museum offers visitors an immersive and personalized experience with the Bible, and its ongoing impact on the world around us.

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Considered the most lavishly illustrated Bible printed in America, this Bible was originally sold in a series of 54 issues at 25 cents each.

While large Bibles such as this were considered “family Bibles,” this particular one does not contain any dedication entry or birth, marriage, or death notes.

Learn more at https://fal.cn/3nKQm.
Charles Ernest Scott and his wife, Clara, were Presbyterian missionaries in the early 1900s to Shandong, China. Their daughter Betty later returned to China as a missionary and married John Stam in 1933.

This typed letter was written by Charles in 1934 and reflects on his time in “the country” during the Easter season, stating that he is “rejoicing in the Easter Message of Love, Hope, Joy, Peace, and supernatural Power proving His Diety [sic].”

Learn more at https://fal.cn/3nIsT.
Do you know what this painting by Harold Copping shows?

This piece was commissioned by the Religious Tract Society for use in a variety of publications, including “Pictures That Teach: The Crown Series” from 1920 and “The Bible Story Book” from 1923.

Learn more about “Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem” and the Bible’s impact on art at https://fal.cn/3nGPA.
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While the origin behind Easter Sunday is known to all — the resurrection of Jesus — the origins of the traditions that accompany the holiday are less familiar. If you’ve ever wondered where the bunnies came from or when Christians started celebrating , then our documentary, “The History of Easter,” is for you.

Watch it here: https://fal.cn/3nExn.
Mark your calendar for April 26 for an evening with Tony Evans] as he shares a transformative passage of the Bible! Learn more at https://fal.cn/3nE3I.
This book, by a Divine of the Church of England, includes the history of Jesus in seven books bound together with “The Lives of the Apostles and Evangelists.”

Throughout the text are theological, historical, geographical, and critical dissertations, along with 33 copperplate illustrations and two foldout maps that depict the travels of Jesus and his apostles. Learn more: https://fal.cn/3nDha.
The Brethren of the Common Life sought to produce a version of the Vulgate that accurately reflected Jerome’s translation, without “Vetus Latina,” or Old Latin Bible, additions.

This manuscript, containing 11 books from the Old Testament, is part of a multivolume set likely produced by the Brethren in the early 15th century in Hattem in the Netherlands. Learn more at https://fal.cn/3nzcU.
Monks at the monastery of St. Catherine produced this palimpsest manuscript in the 9th or 10th century. They recycled leaves from at least ten different Greek and Western Palestinian Aramaic manuscripts by erasing the text and then writing a Syriac translation of John Climacus’s works on the reused parchment.

The original writings were a mixture of both biblical and classical texts. Learn more about our when you visit us or at https://fal.cn/3nv6h.
Our is part of the first English translation of the Hebrew Bible composed and printed in the United States. It was written by Isaac Leeser, who served as hazzan, or cantor, at Congregation Mikveh Israel and later as leader of Congregation Beth El Emeth.

Learn more when you visit us or at https://fal.cn/3ntNn.
Finish this Bible verse: “Walk with the wise and become wise, but a companion of fools suffers ___.” —Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)

a. Destruction
b. Harm
c. Trouble
d. A lot
Do you know which book of the Bible is known for containing wisdom?

If you said Proverbs, you’re correct! Our contains portions of Jeremiah, Zechariah, Chronicles, and Proverbs, with masorah parva and magna, these four Hebrew manuscripts are early examples of the Masoretic Text.

Learn more at https://fal.cn/3nrN2.
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