Thursday, January 19, 2006

A fresh glimpse at ancient ‘technology’
New Science Central exhibit explores what life was like 3,000 years ago

By Nicole Lee (Fort Wayne News Sentinel, IN)

Learning about a world that existed 3,000 years ago can be child’s play, say organizers at Science Central, who recently unveiled a new interactive exhibit that uses science and history to discuss technology used in ancient Israel.

“Bible Times Tech,” a 2,500-square-foot traveling exhibit, pairs items found in most homes today with early technology. For example, information on the composition of dyes used as eye shadow by men and women in ancient times sits next to perfume and makeup that can be purchased today at local retail stores.

Astarte, a small figurine believed by the ancient Semites to aid in fertility, is paired with a Clearblue Easy pregnancy test. The board game Tjau is called the precursor to today’s backgammon and Parcheesi.


The article also has a brief interview with Jim VanderKam about the Bible.

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