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Jill Hicks-Keeton is assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma.
Cavan Concannon is associate professor of religion at the University of Southern California.
Foreword Candida R. Moss and Joel S. Baden
Introduction Jill Hicks-Keeton and Cavan Concannon
I. What’s the Bible Good For?
Chapter 1 “It’s Complicated.” “No It’s Not.” : The Museum of the Bible, Problems and Solutions
Margaret M. Mitchell
Chapter 2 Exploring Race, Religion, and Slavery at the Museum of the Bible
Terrence L. Johnson
II. The Museum of Whose Bible?
Chapter 3 Christian Supersessionism and the Problem of Diversity at the Museum of the Bible
Chapter 4 Looking at the Bible Sideways: One Jewish Scholar’s Perspective Marc Zvi Brettler
Chapter 5 Smoke and Mirrors: The Hebrew Bible Exhibit at the Museum of the Bible
III. Archaeology, Israel, and the “Reliability” of the Bible
Chapter 6 Theopolitics, Archaeology, and the Ideology of the Museum of the Bible
Chapter 7 The Land of Israel and Bodily Pedagogy at the Museum of the Bible
Sarah F. Porter
IV. Materiality, Text, and the Production of Scripture
Chapter 8 Editing Without Interpreting: The Museum of the Bible and New Testament Textual Criticism Jennifer Wright Knust
Chapter 9 The Green Papyri and the Museum of the Bible Roberta Mazza
Chapter 10 Christian Dead Sea Scrolls?: The Post-2002 Fragments as Modern Protestant Relics Ludvik A. Kjeldsberg
V. Christian Nationalism and the Bible in America
Chapter 11 Letting the Bible Do Its Work on Behalf of Christian America: The Founding Era at the Museum of the Bible John Fea
Chapter 12 Religious Freedom for a Christian America: “Don’t You Agree?” Stephen L. Young
VI. Religion, Politics, and the Museum’s Hidden Partners
Chapter 13 The Creationist Museum of the Bible James R. Linville
Chapter 14 Museum of the Bible’s Politicized Holy Land Trip Mark A. Chancey
This volume is remarkable not only for the depth of its analysis, the close scrutiny of the Museum’s exhibits, and the rhetorical strategies and structures it intends to expose. It is singular in its effort to critically resist the efforts of an institution that habitually co-opts and commandeers the research and pedigrees of individual scholars and the institutions they represent...Jill Hicks-Keeton and Cavan Concannon show that the academy will not be so easily dismissed or purchased, and that even if the Museum of the Bible seeks to control the meaning of the biblical texts it presents, it will not succeed in controlling the narrative about itself.
— Candida R. Moss and Joel S. Baden, authors of Bible Nation
When billionaire mega-donors with strong ideological leanings can buy their own scholars and create their own historical and cultural narratives, the scholarly enterprise is in peril; perhaps no more so than when the subject matter is religious truth and authority. With this collection of essays, Hicks-Keeton and Concannon have marshalled a forceful response to the most well-funded of these religious programs, the Museum of the Bible. The book exposes the museum’s Christian supersessionism, the disingenuousness of its ecumenical posture, and its disinterest in cultivating thoughtful biblical readers and interpreters. These essays should find an audience among those who love the Bible in all of its multi-vocality and complexity; among students, educators and religious leaders alike; and also among those engaged in the work of interreligious understanding.
— Shelly Matthews, Brite Divinity School
Professors Cavan W. Concannon and Jill Hicks-Keeton have co-edited, The Museum of the Bible: A Critical Introduction, an insightful and necessary challenge to the Christian apologists behind MOTB. The volume combines a wealth of scholarship that ranges from politics to textual criticism, and beyond. The volume exemplifies the willingness of many modern academic scholars to confront misguided Christian apologetics masquerading as historical scholarship.
— Hector Avalos, Iowa State University