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Jewish American Identity & the Divine Plan: Inside the Museum of the Bible

February 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

$15

Jewish American Identity & the Divine Plan: Inside the Museum of the Bible

10am PST/1pm EST

Soraya Sarah Nazarian Program in Fine Arts

The Museum of the Bible opened in in Washington, D.C. in November of 2017. Comprising an enormous collection of artifacts and texts, including many Torah scrolls, the museum reflects a view of the Bible that is Christological in nature. Nonetheless, it includes an array of Jewish themes and portrays the Hebrew Bible as precursor to the eventual, inevitable Christian mission. It is generally supportive of the State of Israel and reflects a general Evangelical philosemitism.

How should American Jews regard the Museum of the Bible and will its effects be positive for the American Jewish community? Is encouraging popular Evangelical support for the State of Israel and a benign acceptance of the Jews as part of the “Divine Plan” worth the corrosive effects of authorizing a specifically Christological view of the Tanakh, itself the greatest achievement of Jewish culture, as normative? Will the absorption of this view have a negative effect on American Jewish identity?

Join us in this thought-provoking lecture on Judaism’s portrayal in biblical curatorship.