Museum of the Bible allies with Israeli antiquities agency

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Exterior rendering of the Museum of the Bible, located three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The eight-story, 430,000-square-foot museum is being designed by a team of consultants, including lead architect group Smith Group JJR. Photo courtesy of Smith Group JJR

Exterior rendering of the Museum of the Bible, located three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The eight-story, 430,000-square-foot museum is being designed by a team of consultants, including lead architect group Smith Group JJR. Photo courtesy of Smith Group JJR

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WASHINGTON (RNS) A Christian family's ambitious Bible museum project has forged a key alliance with the Israel Antiquities Authority, giving treasures from the Holy Land a temporary home just steps from the National Mall.