|WASHINGTON — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and conversations on racial equality in America, Museum of the Bible has launched a new museum theme: “Bible and Healing.” This theme explores how Scripture has influenced both the medical field and social justice movements and will be highlighted by exhibits and displays throughout the museum, which is among the first to reopen in Washington, D.C.
“People around the world and across our country have suffered immensely these past few months,” said Harry Hargrave, CEO of Museum of the Bible. “Our ‘Bible and Healing’ theme speaks to that suffering. Scripture can be a source of great comfort and healing, and we hope to share that with our visitors.”
One of the museum’s notable “Bible and Healing” exhibits includes an exploration of the relationship between Scripture and the medical profession called “Healthcare and the Bible.” Visitors can also view healthcare texts such as John Wesley’s “Primitive Physick” (1747), Florence Nightingale’s “Notes on Nursing” (1859) and Julius Preuss’ “Biblical and Talmudic Medicine” (1911). This exhibit invites visitors to learn more about the biblical roots of modern medicine, what inspires so many to advance healthcare around the world and how the Bible offers hope in difficult times.
Newly featured artifacts demonstrating the Bible’s role in racial justice include Phillis Wheatley’s poetry, Frederick Douglass’ “Narrative,” and other abolitionist literature by Douglass and African American Civil War vetreran George Rome’s personal Bible and effects. Visitors can also explore the longstanding exhibit on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and view the George Washington Carver statue.
With this new theme, the Museum of the Bible will facilitate civic conversation about sickness, racial reconciliation and — above all — the healing power of Scripture.
As thanks for their service, Museum of the Bible offers free admission to healthcare workers with valid employee ID.
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