Bible Lands Museum

Bible Lands Museum

Bible Lands Museum

Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem

The Bible Lands Museum, which opened opposite Israel Museum in Jerusalem in 1992, houses the private collection of Elie Borowski, a Sumerian linguist. Since Elie Borowski's death in 2003, the Bible Lands Museum has been led his wife, Batya Borowski, who chairs its Board of Directors.

Is the Bible Lands Museum worth a visit?

It isn't, for five reasons.

1.  The Bible Lands Museum is small and doesn't have much content. There are drawings, photographs, words on panels, and some artifacts but few that are noteworthy. This is, after all, one man's private collection. And contrary to the entry ticket sales clerk's claim, the museum has almost nothing from the New Testament era.

2.  Most of what is in the Bible Lands Museum concerns paganism rather than the Bible. You will read a lot about Ba'al, Ashtoreth and other pagan "gods," but very little about the God of the Bible.

3.  What the Bible Lands Museum does say about the God of the Bible, as well as the Bible itself, is false. For example, the panel below claims that the God of Israel is a "national god" who strives against other "gods" and is surrounded by "children" but does not need "parents":

Bible Lands Museum

Psalm 29:1 referenced above says, "Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, give unto the Lord glory and strength," and Psalm 89:6-8 says, "For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the Lord? God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him. O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You." Neither passage says anything about "children of God" as the Bible Lands Museum falsely claims above. Elie Borowski was a Sumerian linguist, not a Bible scholar, and certainly not a Christian.

4.  The quality of presentation in the Bible Lands Museum is poor. The panels in English have many grammatical and punctuation errors (e.g., "redeems His people from its enemies" in the panel above), and during an hour-long guided tour, the museum's own official guide had to be corrected (and apologized) three times after repeatedly making erroneous claims about the Bible.

5.  The Bible Lands Museum is over-priced, especially for non-Israelis. While not even one-tenth the size of the nearby Israel Museum, it charges an entry fee that is almost as much (81%) as that of Israel's national museum. Moreover, it charges foreigners double what it charges Israelis, whom it claims weren't even Jews until their exile in Babylon:

Bible Lands Museum

What should the Bible Lands Museum do?

Correct the errors, lower the entry fee, charge the same price to foreigners and Israelis, and change its name to the more appropriate, "Sumerian Idols Museum."

What should people who believe the Bible do?

Skip this museum and instead visit Golgotha and Jesus' Tomb, both of which are free.

Bible Lands Museum