Forged in the fires of history

THE FIFTH COLUMN

A week ago, the new Museum of the Bible opened in Washington, DC, just round the corner from the Smithsonian Institution. It was set up by billionaire Steve Green — head of the family business Hobby Lobby, a craft-store chain.

The museum has something like 40 000 biblical texts and artefacts, though there has already been some trouble in this department.

First of all, Green and Hobby Lobby were charged with illegal importation of artefacts when about 5 500 ancient clay tablets from Iraq were smuggled into the United States.

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