“There Is No Such Thing as the Bible”

Source: Slate

The messy Scripture on display at the Museum of the Bible.

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Visitors listen to a “living history interpreter” in the old Jerusalem exhibit at the Museum of the Bible on Friday in Washington.

Bill O’Leary/Washington Post via Getty Images

Last week, the Museum of the Bible opened in Washington, D.C. When the museum was first conceived, it was intended to “inspire confidence in the absolute authority and reliability of the Bible,” according to documents filed in 2010. But then, scholarship and dialogue intervened. The original vision of Steve Green, the president of Hobby Lobby and an outspoken conservative evangelical, gave ground to the reality that “the” Bible—a single, clear, definitive text—is a myth.

 

“There is no such thing as the Bible,” David Trobisch, the museum’s director of collections, said matter-of-factly last week as he sat next to Green at a press lunch organized by the Faith Angle Forum. With Trobisch and other scholars guiding the process, the Museum of the Bible became a real museum, exploring the messy history and shifting contents of the Judeo-Christian canon.

Green’s reputation as a conservative crusader has aroused skepticism of the museum. Critics portray the 430,000-square-foot building, just a few blocks from the Capitol, as a propaganda showcase. But what I found was a surprising degree of frankness, even agnosticism. If you want the cartoon Bible, eternal and infallible, you can find it in quotes from Scripture on purple banners along the walls. “Every word of God is pure,” says one. “The law of the Lord is perfect,” says another. “The Word of our God stands forever,” says a third. But start poking around in the exhibits, and things get interesting. Many Bible stories, you soon learn, aren’t original. The flood, for instance, echoes Babylonian tales. “In each version, a growing population upsets a god,” a plaque explains dryly. “A single hero listens to the supreme being, builds a boat before a catastrophic flood, and then sends out birds.”

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  1. OUR PROPHET MUHAMMAD AFFIRMED IN AL QURAN
    1.Islam Requires Muslims to Respect the Faith of Others
    Such is an example of how the Prophet respect Christians. Good Christians would respect the Prophet too. Prophet is not prejudiced or that all Christian are enemies. Many more examples of noble morality we must follow.Then the Prophet warned his people again in a paragraph below;
    “among those most hostile to the Believers you will find Jews and Pagans…”and nearest among them in love to the Believers you will find those who say: ‘We are Christians’ because among them you find men devoted to learning, men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.”Q.5;82,

    It is in Books (Taurat, Zabur, Injil, and Quran) held (greatly) in honour. Exalted (in dignity), kept pure and holy, (Written) by the hands of scribes― Honourable and Pious and Just. QS.80; 7-16.

    And before this, was the Book of Moosa as a guide and a mercy: and this Book confirms (it) in the Arabic tongue; to admonish the unjust, and as Glad Tidings to those who do right.QS 46:12

    We have sent down to you the Book with truth, confirming the Book before it, and a protector for it. Q 5;48. (Allah will protect all His Books.

    With this confirmation in The Quran, the Torah and Injil (New testament) as foundation Muslim and Christian can also agree, based on their scripture (Al Quran and Bible) that Allah will protect His Scripture kept holy and pure.
    Muslim and Christian should reject if anyone accuse Allah’s books have been corrupted.

    Why do most Clerics naver tell us these verses and they hide it, they are not HONEST CLERICS. on other hand they say that Taurat, Gosple are been corrupted. This allegation is baseless. Unhonest clerics are so hate Hews and Chridtians since the early time of Prophet.

    Hopefully young Muslim around the world have to investigate the truth by your self.
    Otherwise you will be deceived by the extremist clerics.
    With ❤️

  2. OUR PROPHET MUHAMMAD SAY IN AL QURAN.
    Jews, Christians and Muslims who strive together towards all good deeds

    We have sent down to you the Book with truth, confirming the Book before it, and a protector for it. So, judge between them according to what Allah has sent down, and do not follow their desires against the truth that has come to you. For each of you We have made a law and a method. Had Allah willed, He would have made a single community of people, but (He did not), so that He may test you in what He has given to you. 32 Strive, then, to excel each other in good deeds. To Allah is the return for all of you. Then Allah shall tell you about that in which you disputed. Q. 5:48.

    To each (Jews,Christian, Mukmin ) is a goal (direction) to which Allah turns him; then strive together (as in a race) toward all that is good. Wheresoever ye are, Allah will bring you together. For Allah hath power over all things. Q. 2:148.

    Also Prophet Muhammad say in Al Quran
    Jews, Christians, Muslims are all Islam, brotherhood, One God. Q.22:78.

    Why do the Extremist Clerics accuse that Jews, Christisn are INVIDEL ? The extremist clerics are so hate Jewd and christian since early time of prophet. Allegation is baseless or base on hatred.

    With ❤️

  3. OUR PROPHET MUHAMMAD COMMAND HIS FOLLOWERS TO BELIEVE AND PRACTICE GOSPEL!

    Allah and Prophet Muhammad command Muslims many times Q.3:2-6, to believe in Taurat, Zabur, Injil or Gospel and practice it that not against Al Quran as new laws for Muslim.

    So those who follow Jesus teaching ( Gospel ) Allah promise to fill his heart with “love, Mercy and Light as guidance”, refer to Q. 57:27, Q. 5:46. Jews, Christian are lovely Muslim.

    As Prophet Muhammad say.
    Then, in their wake, We followed them up with (others of) Our Messengers: We sent after them ‘Isa the son of Maryam, and bestowed on him the Gospel; and We ordained in the hearts of those who followed him Love,or Compassion and Mercy. Q.57;27.

    And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah.(taqwa) Q.5;46.

    Behold! Allah said: “O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject Faith, to the Day of Resurrection; then shall ye all return unto Me, and I will judge between you of the matters wherein ye dispute. Q.3;55.

    Why do Most Clerics not tell us about these verses ? Why clerics hide it? So our clerics are not HONEST to tell the truth, they deceive Muslim around the world.

    I urge young Muslim to read and practice Gospel and Allah will fill your heart with full love and mercy.

    With love❤️

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