Fake Dead Sea Scrolls Dupe Rich, Anti-Gay Evangelicals
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« on: November 17, 2017, 08:07:06 pm »

They built a big museum -- just so you could see 'um!

Millions upon millions spent for fake Dead Sea Scrolls and other ephemera, by that Hobby Lobby family, supporters of recent anti-gay (oh, I mean freedom of religious expression) legal efforts.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/17/us/bible-museum-fakes/index.html

Opening today, the new Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, boasts 430,000 square feet of (alleged illegally imported, and highly questionable) "artifacts."




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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2017, 10:33:19 am »

The antiquities market is full of fakes.   

Private religious "museums" tend to buy the stuff that suits their narrative.
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2017, 03:58:29 pm »

The antiquities market is full of fakes.   

Private religious "museums" tend to buy the stuff that suits their narrative.

That's true, raphjd.  And there's a growing number of religion museums in the U.S.:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Religious_museums_in_the_United_States

A number of these museums examine their religious subjects with some degree of objectivity.

But imho, that new Museum of the Bible in DC is a fine example of a fundamentalist Evangelical family with big bucks, opening a museum designed primarily to proselytize, even if the artifacts are fake and ilegally imported.

Visitors to the hard-line Christian museums also get to hear "fun facts," such as the world is only 6,000 years old, based on adding up the "lineages" found in the OT.   Crazy?
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