Monday, August 24, 2015

Washington DC's Bible museum signs display agreement with Israel

In this file photo excavations revealed portions of a stunning mosaic floor decorating the interior of a synagogue. Photo: Jim Haberman.
WASHINGTON, DC---Ancient artifacts that have yet to be unearthed in Israel could turn up on display in a museum dedicated to the Bible opening in Washington in 2017. In a statement Tuesday, the Museum of the Bible said it will fill its entire top floor with a selection of priceless items from the Israel Antiquities Authority under what it called a "multi-year agreement." Privately funded, the $400 million Museum of the Bible, three blocks from the Capitol, is "dedicated to the impact, history and narrative" of the holy book. Its holdings already include the so-called Green Collection of nearly 40,000 objects that include rare texts and artifacts going back to biblical times. [link]