(RNS) — While the Museum of the Bible is trying to sort out the origins of its holdings after a U.S. government lawsuit over the 'unlawful importation' of artifacts, a much larger sibling collection in Oklahoma City is not part of the housecleaning effort. (Analysis)
NEW YORK (RNS) MOBIA’s fate was not a total surprise: The Bible Society, once MOBIA’s sole funder, had been ramping down its support. But the closing nonetheless deeply rattled those who treasured MOBIA as one of the few museums that routinely acknowledged art's religious context.
(RNS) The nonprofit Museum of the Bible, has already poured millions of dollars into developing the courses and hoped to introduce the first textbook in Mustang, Okla., when classes begin later this summer.
NEW YORK (RNS) One of the 11 surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book (and the first book of Scripture) printed in English in America, was sold Tuesday night for the highest price ever recorded for a print book in open sale.
(RNS) The Bay Psalm Book “is for American book collecting what the Guttenberg Bible has been for collecting, period,” said Bill Reese, a major dealer in printed Americana “…Except there are 46 copies of the Guttenberg.”
(RNS) On September 5, 1997, the world mourned when Mother Teresa, whose work with the poorest of the poor made her a global icon, died of a heart ailment at age 87. Five years later, the world did a double take, when a volume of Teresa's private letters revealed that the tireless, smiling nun spent the last 39 years of her life in internal agony. By David Van Biema.
NEW YORK (RNS) The tiny yet sophisticated Museum of Biblical Art is losing its director, much of its financial lifeline within three years and could lose its home near Lincoln Center. That triple whammy complicates the trustees' task of preserving a vision that didn't exist 20 years ago, but that now seems indispensable. By David Van Biema.