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What's Missing from the Museum of the Bible

The case for including Arabic—and Islam
Source: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

In the Museum of the Bible, a new state-of-the-art institution dedicated to the world’s bestselling book, you can stroll through a recreation of first-century Nazareth, take a break in the biblical garden plotted with sage and hyssop, have a falafel at Manna restaurant, or grab a quick snack in the Milk and Honey café.

Visitors with Middle Eastern roots might find comfort in these familiar themes, and rightly so, since the Levant region is where the Holy Book originated. But that’s where the

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