“The World of Jesus” Exhibit Showcases Life in the First Century

Get a glimpse of what Jesus might have seen and experienced during his earthly ministry through Dunham Bible Museum’s special exhibit, “The World of Jesus: How Art, Archaeology & Artifacts Illuminate the First Century.” The exhibit will be on display through April 16.

Featuring about 70 artifacts from the early Roman period, the exhibit focuses on the time when Jesus and the disciples walked the earth. The exhibit was assembled at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky under the direction of Tommy Chamberlin with the consultation of archeologist, Dr. Scott Stripling. An adjunct professor at HBU, Stripling is the provost of The Bible Seminary in Katy, and is director of Excavations for the Associates for Biblical Research at Khirbet el-Maqatir and Shiloh, Israel.

Items in the exhibit include a burial ossuary of a child from first-century Judea; first-century carpentry and building tools; Roman military weapons; common glassware and pottery; coins, including the silver shekel of Tyre used in the temple; and much more. Guide signs with maps and artwork further elucidate the items. Chamberlin said the exhibit “focuses on the world that Jesus knew. Our understanding of this period of history is often blurred by living 2,000 years later in a different culture. Our goal is to bring to life the first-century world.” Stripling will provide weekly tours of “The World of Jesus” at 10 a.m. each Tuesday.

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