Saturday, September 16, 2006

THE FROM ABRAHAM TO JESUS EXHIBITION (noted already here) has opened in Atlanta:
Exhibit takes visitors on tour through biblical times
Associated Press

ATLANTA - It blends biblical stories with historic artifacts, taking visitors on a walk through the birth of Judaism and Christianity. But organizers say what makes "From Abraham to Jesus" stand out the most is that it doesn't do it in a preachy way.

The exhibit, which opened a national tour in Atlanta on Friday, guides visitors through biblical stories with more than 300 artifacts, videos, paintings and an audio tour voiced by an archaeologist with a sense of humor.


On display will be a portion of the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as what researchers believe to be a box that held the remains of a son of Simon the Cyrene, who, according to the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, carried the cross for Jesus on his way to Calvary.

The artifacts, on loan from Israel's Hebrew University, join pottery pieces, coins, tools and other relics that date as far back as 5,000 years. Perhaps the most unique piece is a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the first that's ever come to the U.S., said Kathleen Miller, an assistant editor with the Biblical Archaeological Review. "I wouldn't say it's a coup, it's just the first time you can see it here," she said.

That bit about it being the first Dead Sea Scroll to come to the U.S. is, of course, nonsense, and Kathleen Miller has clearly been misunderstood by the reporter. The exhibition website says "It will be the first visit to this country of the Isaiah Scroll," and doubtless that is what she said. I'm not sure which Isaiah scroll it is; there are a number of them.

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