Monday, October 23, 2006

Mir's Off to the December.

'Cradle of Christianity: Jewish and Christian Treasures from the Holy Land'

Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Dec. 7-April 15

Featuring more than 100 Biblical-era artifacts, the exhibition reflects the history of the two religions from the first century B.C. through the fifth century A.D. Objects include a Temple Scroll found in the caves of Qumran, a full-scale reconstruction of a Byzantine church apse and altar platform, and a limestone inscription bearing the name of Pontius Pilate. The artifacts are from the Israel Museum and the Israel Antiquities Authority.
~~Gary Schwan

Back in April, I saw the King Tut exhibit at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. I loved it. (Wasn't crazy about the crowds or some bit of family stress that went with it--don't ask!--but loved the artifacts. LOVED LOVED LOVED them. Magic!) So, I'm looking forward to this apparently less dazzling, but more up-my-alley sort of exhibit.

Here are some of the other items that will be on display:

Burial ossuary of Joseph, son of Caiaphas the High Priest.
According to the New Testament, it was Caiaphas who delivered Jesus to the Romans for trial and eventual crucifixion.

A commemorative inscription bearing the name of Pontius Pilate.
This inscription and the ossuary of Joseph, son of Caiaphas represent the only known surviving physical testimonies of these two important figures from the story of the trial of Jesus.

Heel bone of Yehohanan, son of Hagkol, punctured by an iron nail (replication), is the only tangible evidence of the practice of crucifixion to have been discovered in archaeological excavations.

A graffito of the menorah, found in excavations of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem and dating to the first century BCE (the Second Temple Period), is the oldest representation of the menorah that stood in the Temple of Jerusalem.

A stone inscription from the Temple Mount reading "To the place of trumpeting ..."

The remains of excavated churches, monasteries, and other religious sites, including furnishings, dedicatory inscriptions, reliquaries, and liturgical objects.

Souvenirs and mementos from early Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land, including vessels for oil and water from holy sites and tokens bearing religious motifs.

The remains of excavated synagogues, including capitals, mosaics, and marble furnishings, all adorned with Jewish symbols.

If you're gonna be down in South Florida this winter, hey, maybe you should drop by and see the goodies. More info here.


Camy Tang said...

I am SO jealous! I totally want to go see this.

Elliot said...

I dunno, Mir! You better be careful! Read this:

Mirtika said...

Oh, look. Idiots on parade. THANKS, Elliot.

Anyone who reads the footnotes in their study Bibles knows that "some texts" do not includes bits of John, Mark, etc. Not news.

What the fools who want to cast Xtianity in a silly light forget is that the Dead Sea Scrolls argue FOR the preservation of the text, not against. And that the simple omissions (or additions) don't detract from any essential doctrine. What's sound is..sound. :) And what's excluded doesn't affect salvation or truth.

Of course, they'll always go for the sensationalists--the ones who have "the big scoop". That's the way of journalists. See Newsweek's addiction to Jesus Scholars. ("Scholars, my ass" as I'm wont to say whenever the group's name crops us.)

Mir<--faith unshaken.