As of last week - I am finally, officially finished. Whew.
If you see me with a nervous twitch in the future, it was caused by this assignment. The pics aren't even for us, but I'll show you a couple just so you can appreciate a bit of what I've spent enormous amounts of time cataloguing. Oh, and if you ever need to know where any specific item is in the museum...ask Geoff. My brain went totally numb after the hundredth visit.
Gazing at ancient artifacts through glass at a museum? Not so much. Digging it out of the dirt at an ancient site? YES.
Not that this has happened to me. But I'm totally up for it. Geoff has his heart set on finding a library at Tel Hazor. Wouldn't that be cool? Ah, but that's another adventure, for another day.
Among the gazillion pictures I've taken at the Israel Museum (okay, only about 20,000 or so) over the past 5 months, I'll point out just a couple that you may find of special interest.
The details and stories of this find, and their implication for archaeology are fascinating. It took a lot of time and careful work to unroll the tiny scrolls, and they are now on display at the museum as seen below:
And by the way - he's coming to the states on a speaking tour this fall! Will be lecturing in my hometown and at Abilene Christian University for Summit, in addition to many stops throughout Texas and other states. If interested in attending a lecture or inviting him to speak at your event - contact Geoff.
What makes this find so amazing? Well, they contain the oldest recorded scripture that has ever been found. (Check out the museum write-up of info to the right.) What Text is it? Carried around in such a precious form and included among the treasures of a burial, what better than the "priestly benediction". I'll leave you with these ancient words; a blessing from then to now: