I guess Hobby Lobby Bobby -- the PR guy for Hobby Lobby -- is never going to call me back about the big bible museum planned for Dallas. So I'll just have to go on breaking the story a little bit at a time as I learn things from my secret, unnamed, highly reliable sources in International Bibledom.
I did speak on the phone and via e-mail with Hobby Lobby Bobby, whose real name is Vincent Parker, a couple of weeks ago. He did tell me he would get back to me. Ah, but he did not. Eschewing the alternative press for an outlet more acceptable to Christian conservatives, Hobby Lobby Bobby sent word instead to an Oklahoma TV station, basically confirming everything I had initially reported, down to the name of the most recent Bible purchase made for the museum, the Codex Climaci Recriptus -- which, I might point out, is a reference that has never appeared before on this blog. At least since Bible Girl left.
Well. There's only way for me to teach these hobby lobbyists some manners. I will have to show them that Unfair Park owns the National Bible Museum story, and we will continue to break off bits and pieces of it far ahead of the Snooze if we so choose.
So, from my unnamed Bible-world sources, THIS JUST IN:
Plans under consideration for the National Bible Museum include a reproduction of the Sistine Chapel. (Really.)
Also, the buyers for Hobby Lobby have put out the word that they are especially interested in Wesley and Calvin -- the Reformation theologians, not the singer-songwriter and clothing designer. (Really.)
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And their interest in the two theologians includes not only books but "memorabilia and artifacts." (Really.) I asked if this might include things like Calvin's toenails, because it's possible I might have them in a jar at home, but my source said, "No, I think only the Catholics go for body parts."
In addition, the hobbyists are looking around the world for ancient (Gutenberg-era) printing presses (though not the Gutenberg Bible itself, which is Catholic), for a museum display to illustrate the history of printing.
Again, I must say, my sources tell me they think the museum will be taken seriously in the book world because of the quality of the works being acquired.
Sure. But this is Dallas. We have a way of getting antsy after a while with things we are supposed to take too seriously. This may be a job for Erykah Badu.