Israel Museum Treasures

Israel Museum Treasures

According to its website the Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistory to the present day, in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world.

Among the museum’s highlights is the Shrine of the Book which holds the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world and considered by many to be the top biblical archaeological discovery of all time. Adjacent to the Shrine is the Model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period, which reconstructs the topography and architectural layout of the city as it was prior to its destruction by the Romans in 70 AD providing further context in which to view the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Other major archaeological discoveries relating to the bible on exhibit at the Israel Museum include the Pontius Pilate Inscription, the Crucified man, the House of David Inscription, the Caiaphas Ossuary and the Ketef Hinnom Silver Amulet Scroll.

To view the limestone inscription about Pontius Pilate on Google’s Art Project click here.



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