Based on the success of "By the Rivers of Babylon", which revealed the rare Al-Yahudu tablets for the first time, the core material of this exhibition, has been reinstalled in this new exhibition "Jerusalem in Babylon".
"Jerusalem in Babylon" tells the story of the destruction of the First Temple and Jerusalem and the exile of the Judeans to Babylon. The exhibition concludes with the echo of Psalm 137, “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and wept when we remembered Zion”, touching on the quest for return that has echoed in the hearts and prayers of the Jewish people for millennia. The Al-Yahudu tablets reveal the names of dozens of Judean exiles, and their offspring, and bear a stunning testimony to their lives in Babylonia over a period of some one hundred years.
BLMJ Director, Ms. Amanda Weiss: "The opening of this exhibition, 'Jerusalem in Babylon', in celebration of the BLMJ’s 25th Anniversary and the city of Jerusalem’s 50th year since its reunification, ties together our ancient bonds to this city and our future vision for the strength and health of the capital of the modern of State of Israel. The destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian exile are a seminal landmark in the history of the Jewish people and placed Jerusalem in the center of the national and religious consciousness then, as it is today to so many".
This exhibition was made possible due to the generosity of: Cindy and David Sofer, William L Gross, Green Family collection, Dr. Haim Grossman, Aliza and Shlomo Mussayeff, and the Israel Antiquities Authority, The David Berg Foundation, George Blumenthal, Eugene and Emily Grant, Beth Sanders, Mary and Saul Sanders, Naomi and Peter Neustadter, The Elie and Batya Borowski Foundation, and the international friends of the BLMJ in America, Great Britain, and Germany, the Lands of the Bible Archaeology Foundation, and the Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport, The Israel Ministry of Education and the Municipality of Jerusalem.