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From the 18th century museums to the present Jewish Museum in New York city

The great museums of the 18th and 19th centuries — the British Museum in London (1753), the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg (1764), the Louvre in Paris (1792), the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (1891), and many others — were encyclopedic in scope and ambition. Born, in part, of an imperial impulse, they aimed to demonstrate the geographical and intellectual range of great national powers by becoming repositories of some of the most precious objects on earth. Simultaneously, they were shaped by the Enlightenment conviction that both the natural and human worlds could be understood and even mastered by subjecting their diverse offerings to scientific analysis and discerning the universal laws at work in the midst of miscellany. The Enlightenment museum tried to answer great human questions: where did we come from? what is the significance of what we see? how have we come to be its overseer?

For humankind such questions are important and should regularly be posed. At the same time musea should be a reflection of peoples and their culture. One expects than enough artefacts, letters, paintings and objects that can be a witness of the culture spoken about.

By the turn of the 20th century everywhere, interest in ethnicity and folk heritage was growing. In 1908, the composers Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály traveled the Hungarian countryside, memorializing the music of Magyars; the American ethnomusicologist Frances Densmore, foremost American authority of her time on the songs and music of American Indian tribes, and widely published author on Indian culture and life-styles, was recording, for the Smithsonian, 3,000 wax cylinders of songs by Indian tribes. In Eastern Europe, Shlomo Zanvl Rappoport (pen name S. Ansky), educated in a Ḥasidic environment was as a young man attracted to the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskala) and to the populist doctrines of the Narodniki, a group of socialist revolutionaries, became conducting an ethnographic survey among the rural Jewish communities of Russia and Poland.

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Cyrus Adler (1863–1940), American educator, Jewish religious leader and scholar.

Along with the amassing of music and oral testimony came the amassing of objects. At the Smithsonian, a Judaica collection was begun in 1887 by Cyrus Adler, who, having obtained the nation’s first doctorate in Semitics at Johns Hopkins University, would found the American Jewish Historical society in 1892. In 1904, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York received a gift of 26 artifacts that it displayed in its library; they became the seeds of the Jewish Museum, which after World War II would move into its current home in the Warburg mansion on Fifth Avenue. A similarly small-scale collection, mainly of family heirlooms, was housed in the Hebrew Union College, the seminary of Reform Judaism, in Cincinnati. In 1913, the holdings became incorporated as the first Jewish museum in the United States; today its successor is the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles.

Such were the halting beginnings of the Jewish museum in the United States, and once again a difference is to be observed. In other museums, collections of artefacts were often associated with a culture’s thriving continuity; the objects were there to testify to that culture’s power and range. By contrast, a Jewish religious object put on exhibit was no longer playing its vital role in synagogue or home; taken out of its context and function, it had been turned into a relic, more closely resembling the artefacts of a fading Native American tribe in a museum of natural history than a 17th-century Dutch portrait at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

JTS building at 3080 Broadway in Manhattan

Warburg mansion in New York, today the Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum was founded in 1904 with only 26 pieces and was originally located in the library of the Jewish Theological Seminary. In 1946 the museum moved to the Felix Warburg mansion (see Warburg family) located on New York City’s “Museum Mile.” The Jewish Museum is one of the foremost museums of its kind.

The present exhibition and the position of the museum is reviewed in the article: New York Jewish Museum’s Discomfort with Religion

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Largest timber-framed building part of discussion about God’s actions

A developer in Kentucky claims his organization has the world’s largest timber-framed building. Probably he does not know about the Dutch man who also build some years ago a replica of Noah’s Ark.

Example of Claim

A debate went on demanding if a science museum has to bring a religious theme park where a creationist ideas are presented between the scientific proofs of happenings like the world flood. A number of secularists have also accused AiG of lying about the size of the Ark the museum is building south of Cincinnati, stating that it is not the largest wooden structure.

In April 2016 a battle over a Kentucky tax incentive for a religious theme park featuring Noah’s Ark has ended in a win for the big boat.

A state tourism board the week of the 25th of April approved a sales tax rebate incentive worth about $18 million for the 510-foot-long Ark Encounter attraction, tourism spokesman Garry Gupton said.

Kentucky officials in 2014 withdrew the project from the incentive program, which rebates a portion of sales tax collected by a tourist attraction. State officials at the time said the incentive would be funding

“religious indoctrination.”

and that is also what you can hear on the video at the Bible scholars site.

Answers in Genesis, the Christian group behind the ark, won a federal court ruling in January that said it could get the tax incentive, despite the park’s religious theme. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who took office in December, declined to appeal the ruling.

Answers in Genesis, has been constructing a gargantuan replica of Noah’s Ark with the goal of opening it as a Christian theme park.  The Ark is made of wood, but it’s what is called a “timber frame” structure. According to TimberFrame.org,

Timber framing is a distinctive style of building construction where heavy timbers are used to frame the structure instead of more slender dimensional lumber (for example, 2”x6”). . . . One of the most defining elements of timber frame is its unique joints. Heavy timber is joined together via mortise and tenon then secured with wooden pegs.”

The Ark is a true timber-frame construction, using heavy timbers, mortise and tenon joints, and so on.

Ark Bents

The research conducted by the leading timber frame mill in America, Colorado Timberframe, has according to them shown that the Ark is the largest timber-frame construction—not the largest wooden structure. The front page of the mill’s website declares that they “teamed up with Ark Encounter to create a life-size recreation of Noah’s Ark” and that this project will be the “world’s largest timber-frame structure.”

Ark Interior

Architecture firm Troyer Group made for a Christian fundamentalist organisation Answers in Genesis a theme park around Genesis and the flood. Answers in Genesis raised over $24.5 million of the project’s entire $86 million construction cost.

Our Christadelphian community invites you to come and visit this so called world’s largest timber-frame structure and its 132 exceptional exhibit bays inside the Ark. You can learn more about the Ark Encounter, opening July 7 in Williamstown, Kentucky, and obtain your tickets online at ArkEncounter.com or join us.

Seeing the Ark’s grand size and walking through it would be incredible, especially for our young people! Also their library is very extensive, Bro. Michael Kaufman has found their material on Apologetics to Very powerful.

Here is a brief survey to fill out if you are interesting in attending:



Please do find to read

Noahs Ark

Life Sized Replica of Noah’s Ark being built in Kentucky


Additional reading:

  1. Necessity of a revelation of creation 6 Getting understanding by Word of God 4
  2. Creation of the earth and man #1 Planet for living beings in a pre-Adamic world
  3. Disobedient man and God’s promises
  4. What date was the Flood?



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