Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby

Princeton University Press
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How the billionaire owners of Hobby Lobby are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to make America a “Bible nation”

Like many evangelical Christians, the Green family of Oklahoma City believes that America was founded on a “biblical worldview as a Christian nation.” But the Greens are far from typical evangelicals in other ways. The billionaire owners of Hobby Lobby, a huge nationwide chain of craft stores, the Greens came to national attention in 2014 after successfully suing the federal government over their religious objections to provisions of the Affordable Care Act. What is less widely known is that the Greens are now America’s biggest financial supporters of Christian causes—and they are spending hundreds of millions of dollars in an ambitious effort to increase the Bible’s influence on American society. In Bible Nation, Candida Moss and Joel Baden provide the first in-depth investigative account of the Greens’ sweeping Bible projects and the many questions they raise.

Bible Nation tells the story of the Greens’ rapid acquisition of an unparalleled collection of biblical antiquities; their creation of a closely controlled group of scholars to study and promote their collection; their efforts to place a Bible curriculum in public schools; and their construction of a $500 million Museum of the Bible near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Bible Nation reveals how these seemingly disparate initiatives promote a very particular set of beliefs about the Bible—and raise serious ethical questions about the trade in biblical antiquities, the integrity of academic research, and more.

Bible Nation is an important and timely account of how a vast private fortune is being used to promote personal faith in the public sphere—and why it should matter to everyone.

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About the author

Candida R. Moss is the Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham and the author of, among other books, The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Dangerous Legacy (HarperOne). Joel S. Baden is professor of Hebrew Bible at the Yale Divinity School. His books include The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero (HarperOne).
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Publisher
Princeton University Press
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Published on
Sep 22, 2017
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9781400888313
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / General
Political Science / History & Theory
Religion / Antiquities & Archaeology
Religion / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / General
Religion / Biblical Studies / General
Religion / Christianity / Protestant
Religion / General
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Candida R. Moss
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Candida R. Moss
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Wer angemessen mit Quellen umgehen will, muss mit Kategorien arbeiten, welche helfen, Ordnung in das überlieferte Material zu bringen. Gleichzeitig prägen solche Kategorien in vielen Fällen unsere Wertung von Quellen. Deswegen ist auch die kritische Reflexion der verwendeten Kategorien entscheidend für verantwortliches historisches Arbeiten. Dies gilt besonders dann, wenn bestimmte Kategorien nicht neutral, sondern allzu häufig polemisch wertend verwendet werden. Ein extremer Fall ist die Verwendung der Kategorie „apokryph“. Die sich bereits in der Antike mit dieser Bezeichnung verbindenden Assoziationen von „gefälscht“ einerseits und „geheim“ andererseits prägen in manchen Bereichen bis heute den Umgang mit „christlichen Apokryphen“. Eng verbunden ist damit häufig die Verwendung der Kategorien „(proto-)orthodox“, „mehrheitskirchlich“ einerseits und (erneut polemisch abwertend) „häretisch“ andererseits.In den Beiträgen des vorliegenden Bandes wird gezeigt, wo Grenzen, die in den oben diskutierten Kategorien gesetzt werden, tatsächlich eine Rolle spielen, vor allem aber, wo diese Grenzen überschritten sind und wir deswegen mit neuen, anderen Kategorien arbeiten müssen, um die Bedeutung „apokrypher“ bzw. „apokryph gewordener“ Schriften für die Geschichte eines vieldimensional und dynamisch verstandenen antiken Christentums zu verstehen.Folgende Fragen spielen dabei eine entscheidende Rolle: In welchen Kontexten und durch welche Gruppen werden apokryph gewordene Schriften verwendet? Wo spielen apokryphe bzw. apokryph gewordene Texte in Kontexten eine Rolle, die wir heute als „orthodox“ bezeichnen würden? Welche Funktionen kommen ihnen dabei zu?
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