MANSFIELD - Walking in God's footsteps and among some Hollywood celebrities – sort of -- that is what millions have done and can do right in Richland County. Bible Walk depicts some favorite biblical scenes in a life-size diorama form. Literally, people can walk through the Holy Word of God.
Bible Walk is the dream of Pastor Richard Diamond of the Diamond Hill Cathedral in Mansfield. He and his wife decided to create a museum devoted entirely to the scripture of the Old and New Testament, after seeing one scene from the bible at a wax museum.
Bible Walk has gotten worldwide attention lately, after two journalists wrote a story about Jesus Christ depicted from an old wax figure of Tom Cruise and another scene with an image of John Travolta.
While there are similarities, Bible Walk Director Julia Mott-Hardin says that couldn’t be further from the truth. "The only identity that it is Tom Cruise is in their own imagination. And the same way with John Travolta. That is a Dorfman vinyl stock figure. That is not John Travolta. We do not own a Tom cruise, a John Travolta or ever have owned. And, we haven't turned them into Jesus or King Herod."
While there is no refurbished wax figure of Cruise or Travolta, Mott-Hardin says there is a wax figure of Elizabeth Taylor as a background character in the Wisdom of Solomon scene.
Bible Walk has more than 300 wax figures and features 78 biblical scenes and more than 300 wax figures. Barb Elliott has been bringing her granddaughters to the museum since they were in strollers. "If you want to learn about Christ or the bible, It is a good walk to go through,” she said.
Bible Walk has five different tours and is open seven days a week. For more information, go to the museum website, www.biblewalk.us