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Today's #ArtifactoftheDay was used for decorating the cover and spine of leather books. This book binding tool, similar ...
02/29/2020

Today's #ArtifactoftheDay was used for decorating the cover and spine of leather books.

This book binding tool, similar in shape to a chisel, features a wooden handle with two decorative lines engraved in the wood. The metal end would be heated on a stove and then placed onto the leather to create a bind emboss in various decorative patterns. It could also be used with gold leaf to give the book a decorative gold finish.

See this tool on display on the History Floor or learn more at https://fal.cn/36Pqk.

#DidYouKnow that in societies around the world today, calculations of time are still reckoned from biblical events? The ...
02/29/2020

#DidYouKnow that in societies around the world today, calculations of time are still reckoned from biblical events? The Christian calendar begins with the conception of Jesus. The Jewish calendar counts the years from the time of man's creation. Other concepts, such as the seven-day week and weekly day of rest, also appear in the Bible. As the influence of the Bible spread, so did these time-keeping conventions.

Learn more on the Impact Floor.

Have you read “A Wrinkle in Time?”  “A Wrinkle in Time” is a sci-fi fantasy in which siblings Meg and Charles Wallace mu...
02/28/2020

Have you read “A Wrinkle in Time?”

“A Wrinkle in Time” is a sci-fi fantasy in which siblings Meg and Charles Wallace must rescue their father. In the book, the characters often quote the Bible, and the Bible itself makes an appearance when Charles requests the book of Genesis as a bedtime story.

Desmond Tutu's thoughts on the Bible: "There's nothing more radical, nothing more revolutionary, nothing more subversive...
02/28/2020

Desmond Tutu's thoughts on the Bible: "There's nothing more radical, nothing more revolutionary, nothing more subversive against injustice and oppression than the Bible." #QOTD

The portraits here show Angelina Grimké, a Southerner who condemned slavery as a "national sin"; William Lloyd Garrison,...
02/28/2020

The portraits here show Angelina Grimké, a Southerner who condemned slavery as a "national sin"; William Lloyd Garrison, publisher of "The Liberator," an anti-slavery newspaper; and Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." They based many of their arguments against slavery on the Bible.

These influential figures are featured on our Impact Floor. Visit Museum of the Bible to learn more.

#DidYouKnow the Bay Psalm Book was the first book entirely written in the Colonies? Published in 1640, it remained in us...
02/27/2020

#DidYouKnow the Bay Psalm Book was the first book entirely written in the Colonies? Published in 1640, it remained in use for more than 100 years.

The Bay Psalm Book was a scholarly achievement adopted by nearly every congregation in Massachusetts Bay. In the introduction, the translators wrote they had “attended conscience rather than elegance, fidelity rather than poetry, in translating the Hebrew words into English language.”

Meet one of the newest artifacts at Museum of the Bible that will soon be on display! The 1526 Prague Haggadah is the fi...
02/27/2020

Meet one of the newest artifacts at Museum of the Bible that will soon be on display! The 1526 Prague Haggadah is the first fully illustrated printed Haggadah. This copy is one of only 7 copies in the world. The Haggadah is the central text of the Passover Seder, the ritual meal conducted on the first nights of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

The New York Times called it, “Stark, mysterious and ultimately majestic.” Curated by the eminent composer Vache Sharafy...
02/27/2020

The New York Times called it, “Stark, mysterious and ultimately majestic.” Curated by the eminent composer Vache Sharafyan, this event will explore the music of Komitas – the iconic Armenian priest and composer who layed the groundwork for Armenian concert music to come.

Don’t miss “Between the Four Rivers: Armenian Spirituality” on March 7th at 7pm. To learn more about the event, visit https://fal.cn/36MgN.

In 1831, William Lloyd Garrison began publishing “The Liberator,” calling for immediate freedom for enslaved African Ame...
02/26/2020

In 1831, William Lloyd Garrison began publishing “The Liberator,” calling for immediate freedom for enslaved African Americans. He and other abolitionists often appealed to certain teachings in the Bible. They faced extreme opposition from pro-slavery advocates, who also quoted the Bible to defend slavery and white supremacy.

You can learn more about Garrison and these abolitionists on the Impact Floor at Museum of the Bible.

Today is Ash Wednesday, or the first day of Lent. According to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent 40 day...
02/26/2020

Today is Ash Wednesday, or the first day of Lent. According to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert where he endured temptation by Satan. Lent, typically observed by Western Christians, originated as a mirroring of this by fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter.

Do you notice the laurel wreath surrounding the central medallion? Or the vine motif consisting of alternating ivy and g...
02/26/2020

Do you notice the laurel wreath surrounding the central medallion? Or the vine motif consisting of alternating ivy and grape leaves?

This Roundel with Christogram is carved in high relief in a style that is eye-catching and meant to be seen from a distance. It likely once adorned the exterior of an early church and would have been part of a larger design.

You can see this #ArtifactoftheDay on the History Floor or learn more at https://fal.cn/36L76.

Our face when someone says "free admission."When you become a Museum of the Bible member, you'll receive unlimited gener...
02/25/2020

Our face when someone says "free admission."

When you become a Museum of the Bible member, you'll receive unlimited general admission tickets and many, many other perks! Explore all membership opportunities here: https://fal.cn/36KYB.

Today is Fat Tuesday. This is a day that is celebrated with rich food, drink, costumes, music and king cake. But this, t...
02/25/2020

Today is Fat Tuesday. This is a day that is celebrated with rich food, drink, costumes, music and king cake. But this, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, has many names. In Great Britain, it’s known as Pancake Day. In Poland, it’s Paczki Day.

No matter the name, the holiday has deep biblical roots dating back thousands of years. It’s celebrated in many countries, especially those with large Roman Catholic populations. Mardi Gras marks the day before the season of Lent begins. Lent is a period of 40 days of fasting and penitence modeled after Jesus’ 40 days in the desert.

Today's #ArtifactoftheDay is this Portrait of Pvt. George R. Rome.George R. Rome was one of nearly 180,000 African Ameri...
02/25/2020

Today's #ArtifactoftheDay is this Portrait of Pvt. George R. Rome.

George R. Rome was one of nearly 180,000 African Americans to fight for the United States during the Civil War. In 1864, Rome joined the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. He survived the war and later died in 1900. This hand-colored tintype, an early form of photography, shows Rome dressed in his uniform and is part of a small collection of his items in the museum’s care.

You can see this portrait and his pocket New Testament on the Impact Floor or learn more at https://fal.cn/36JGB.

Ready for trivia? Which song by The Hold Steady references Genesis 3:12-13 (KJV) with the lyrics:"I guess I heard about ...
02/24/2020

Ready for trivia? Which song by The Hold Steady references Genesis 3:12-13 (KJV) with the lyrics:

"I guess I heard about original sin;
I heard the dude blamed the chick,
I heard the chick blamed the snake?"

A. "Constructive Summer"
B. "Cattle and the Creeping Things"***
C. "Hot Soft Light"
D. "Stuck Between Stations"

Helen Keller was born in 1880 and, as the result of an early childhood illness, became blind, deaf and mute. From childh...
02/24/2020

Helen Keller was born in 1880 and, as the result of an early childhood illness, became blind, deaf and mute. From childhood, she was a voracious “reader” by having others “spell” out words on her hand.

In her autobiography, Keller said, "I began to read the Bible long before I could understand it. Now it seems strange to me that there should have been a time when my spirit was deaf to its wondrous harmonies; but I well remember a rainy Sunday morning when, having nothing else to do, I begged my cousin to read me a story out of the Bible."

Are you planning to attend? Join us this Thursday at 6 p.m. for the opening reception for "With a Mighty Hand: The Art a...
02/24/2020

Are you planning to attend? Join us this Thursday at 6 p.m. for the opening reception for "With a Mighty Hand: The Art and History of the Passover Haggadah."

The event will include a reception with kosher food, remarks and a look at the exhibition. The last day to RSVP for the event is today. Learn more at https://fal.cn/36Icb.

In medieval times, the Bible’s distribution was hindered by the fact that literacy was low, manuscripts took a long time...
02/22/2020

In medieval times, the Bible’s distribution was hindered by the fact that literacy was low, manuscripts took a long time to create and only the wealthy could afford the labor intensive works.

These issues led to the creation of the Biblia pauperum or 'Paupers' Bible’ which included line drawings not unlike today’s coloring books. Despite the name, it was still mostly the wealthy who could afford a Pauper’s Bible.

In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, "Uncle Tom’s Cabin," helped set off a debate about slavery, adding to an already...
02/22/2020

In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, "Uncle Tom’s Cabin," helped set off a debate about slavery, adding to an already raging fire that resulted in the Civil War. "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" helped to “personalize” the cruelty and political issues surrounding slavery.

Did you know there are also over 100 biblical references of allusions in 38 of the novel’s 45 chapters? Can you name one?

02/22/2020
Living History Interpreters

It’s rumored that first century villagers live in Nazareth Village at Museum of the Bible... Have you heard this? Matt Tucker and a few others are here to tell you more!

At 555 feet, the Washington Monument was the tallest structure in the world when it was dedicated #OnThisDay in 1885. Di...
02/21/2020

At 555 feet, the Washington Monument was the tallest structure in the world when it was dedicated #OnThisDay in 1885. Did you know that enclosed in a capsule in the cornerstone of the monument is a Bible?

Also etched in marble and granite are verses from Exodus, “Holiness to the Lord” (Exodus 28:26), The Gospel of John, “Search the Scriptures" (John 5:39), Proverbs, “The memory of the just is blessed,” (Proverbs 10:7) and many others.

You may know him from his undeniable presence on the movie screen… but did you know Denzel Washington is an avid reader ...
02/21/2020

You may know him from his undeniable presence on the movie screen… but did you know Denzel Washington is an avid reader of the Bible? It’s true! He said, “I read from the Bible everyday!”

Celebrate this Easter season with Washington’s premier Baroque ensemble! Purchase your tickets today for the Washington ...
02/20/2020

Celebrate this Easter season with Washington’s premier Baroque ensemble! Purchase your tickets today for the Washington Bach Consort.

Learn more here: https://fal.cn/BachConsort.

02/20/2020

The CIA original headquarters building was completed in November 1961. Etched into the wall of the main lobby are words from John 8:32: “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

The CIA Headquarters, however, isn’t the only government building with biblical or biblically related themes! Can you name any others?

George Washington Carver is a well-known scientist, botanist and inventor. His focus on sustainable farming helped revol...
02/20/2020

George Washington Carver is a well-known scientist, botanist and inventor. His focus on sustainable farming helped revolutionize American agriculture. But did you know he also taught a Sunday evening Bible class for 30 years? The class was well attended by Tuskegee students. He believed the Bible was the key to his success. A favorite verse of his was Proverbs 3:6. #BlackHistoryMonth

You can learn more about him on the Impact Floor.

02/19/2020
The Winchester Bible

Picture this... A medieval Bible the size of a large picture frame... 🤔

What you are envisioning is likely similar to The Winchester Bible! This Bible was one of the finest representations of the medieval Bibles produced in England in the 12th century. Not only is the Bible large in size, but also includes colored ink and expensive gold leaf.

Join us on February 27th for the opening reception of our newest exhibition, “With a Mighty Hand: The Art and History of...
02/19/2020

Join us on February 27th for the opening reception of our newest exhibition, “With a Mighty Hand: The Art and History of the Passover Haggadah.” The rich traditions of Passover are celebrated in this presentation of some of the most beautifully illustrated Haggadahs from the past 500 years.

Register for the event at https://fal.cn/Haggadah.

Toni Morrison, an author and Nobel and Pulitzer Prize Winner, made a habit of using biblical names in her works. In her ...
02/18/2020

Toni Morrison, an author and Nobel and Pulitzer Prize Winner, made a habit of using biblical names in her works. In her novels, characters are given subtle variations on biblical names such as Magdalene.

But the relationship of Morrison's work to the Bible is deeper than the way she names her characters. In discussing the importance of the Bible for her work, she once said, "The Bible wasn't part of my reading. It was part of my life."

Martin Luther died on this day in 1546. Martin Luther was an outspoken friar and university professor whose protests aga...
02/18/2020

Martin Luther died on this day in 1546. Martin Luther was an outspoken friar and university professor whose protests against church practices ignited the Protestant Reformation. He was also an influential Bible translator.

One of Luther’s greatest achievements was a complete translation of the Bible into German. He used Erasmus’ Greek edition for the New Testament, a Hebrew Bible for the Old Testament, and both Latin and Greek sources for the Apocrypha. His elegant phrasing had a lasting impact on German language and literature. You can learn more about Martin Luther on the History Floor.

02/17/2020
Henri Dunant

The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded #OnThisDay in 1863 in Geneva, Switzerland. Did you know the Bible impacted an influential figure that inspired the committee? Watch to learn more.

Many U.S. presidents have used biblical language and symbolism to encourage both the nation in times of peace and nation...
02/17/2020

Many U.S. presidents have used biblical language and symbolism to encourage both the nation in times of peace and national turmoil. Many have also chosen to swear their oath of office on a Bible. 🇺🇸 #PresidentsDay

Harry Truman once said, “The fundamental basis of this Nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings that we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul.” You can learn more about presidents and the Bible on the Impact Floor.

The Hebrew Bible Walkthrough Experience at Museum of the Bible has been named to receive a prestigious TEA Thea Award fo...
02/16/2020

The Hebrew Bible Walkthrough Experience at Museum of the Bible has been named to receive a prestigious TEA Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Museum Exhibit. The Thea Awards recognize achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. Congratulations to all involved in this exhibition and all other honorees!

Stay tuned for more information about this prestigious honor but, in the meantime, make this exhibition a “must see” spot on your next trip to Washington D.C.

In 1776, Lemuel Haynes, an African American and former indentured servant, saw troubling inconsistencies between the cla...
02/16/2020

In 1776, Lemuel Haynes, an African American and former indentured servant, saw troubling inconsistencies between the claim that “all men were created equal” and slavery in America in the Declaration of Independence. In his own treatise, “Liberty Further Extended,” Haynes referred to the book of Acts 17:26 to make his case.

He wrote, “It hath pleased God to ‘make of one Blood all nations of men, for to dwell upon the face of the Earth.’ And as all are of one Species ... we may reasonably Conclude, that Liberty is Equally as pre[c]ious to a Black man, as it is to a white one, and Bondage Equally as intolerable to the one as it is to the other.”

Maya Angelou was an activist, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and author of books like "I Know Why the Ca...
02/15/2020

Maya Angelou was an activist, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and author of books like "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." In a 1990 interview, Angelou’s writing routine was described as lying on a made-up bed with a dictionary, thesaurus, yellow pads, an ashtray and a Bible.

In 2013, a year before her passing, Maya Angelou described how stories from the Bible had: “[They] helped me to forgive. Helped me to love. Helped me to overcome.” #BlackHistoryMonth

02/15/2020

“Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo in 1862 is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. The Broadway musical adaptation in 1987 won eight Tony Awards, and the movie in 2013 garnered three Academy Awards.

In another one of his books, “William Shakespeare,” Hugo highlights examples of “great men” and references Acts 9. Learn more about this biblical reference in the video below.

Frederick Douglass, born in February 1818, and who chose to celebrate his birthday #OnThisDay, was one of the most eloqu...
02/14/2020

Frederick Douglass, born in February 1818, and who chose to celebrate his birthday #OnThisDay, was one of the most eloquent leaders of the abolitionist movement. As a young man, Douglass escaped from slavery in Maryland. After escaping, he eventually made his way to Massachusetts, where he met William Lloyd Garrison and many other abolitionists.

Douglass later founded an anti-slavery newspaper, “The North Star,” in Rochester, New York. In his speeches and writings, Douglass often cited the Bible in forceful arguments against slavery. You can learn more about his writings on our Impact Floor.

Roses are red 🌹Violets are blue 💙Ken proposed on the History Floor Now he and Michelle are planning “I do!” 💍Last Friday...
02/14/2020

Roses are red 🌹
Violets are blue 💙
Ken proposed on the History Floor
Now he and Michelle are planning “I do!” 💍

Last Friday, this couple got engaged here at Museum of the Bible and we are still feeling all of the Valentines feels. 😍 We wish the future Canfields all the best! #YesWeCanfield

Just a few days left to vote for Museum of the Bible for one of USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards! Click here to...
02/14/2020

Just a few days left to vote for Museum of the Bible for one of USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards! Click here to vote: https://fal.cn/36xJ8.

Swing batter, batter swing! ⚾ Jackie Robinson made history in the 1947 World Series becoming the first black baseball pl...
02/14/2020

Swing batter, batter swing! ⚾ Jackie Robinson made history in the 1947 World Series becoming the first black baseball player in the major leagues.

Acknowledging what Robinson would endure, the team’s General Manager Branch Rickey said: “I’m looking for a ballplayer with guts enough not to fight back." Quoting from Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel, he said, “but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

#DidYouKnow "The Filament Bible," published in 2018, combines a traditional printed Bible with digital technology to acc...
02/13/2020

#DidYouKnow "The Filament Bible," published in 2018, combines a traditional printed Bible with digital technology to access videos, interactive visuals, study notes, maps and devotionals for use right on your smart phone or tablet? #ArtifactoftheDay

You can download an app, scan any page of the Filament Bible, and unlock a rich set of curated content related to that passage. The app contains more information than you could ever find in any one study Bible.

Learn more about the Filament Bible here: https://fal.cn/36x9b.

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Museum of the Bible exists to invite all people to engage with 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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