Friday, December 18, 2015

One God to rule them all: Faith After the Pharaohs at the British Museum

THE ART NEWSPAPER
By Garry Shaw
The rabbi Solomon Schechter in Cambridge around 1898, working with documents from the Cairo Genizah, a group of around 300,000 Jewish manuscript fragments that were once stored in the Ben Ezra synagogue in Old Cairo.
UNITED KINGDOM---Religious development—its continuation and transformation—is at the heart of Egypt: Faith After the Pharaohs. It is what makes the show so fascinating and ambitious. The themes are made clear from the outset. In the first gallery, three books are displayed together: a Hebrew Bible, the oldest known copy of the New Testament and a Qur'an. As presented, the 1,200-year story of these three monotheistic religions is a lot to absorb. [link]