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At the entrance to the gallery are three display cases illustrating the biblical concept of mankind's shared ancestry through artifacts representing the sons of Noah. The illuminated map inside the..
The Anne and Joseph Ternbach Gallery This gallery depicts the development of society from hunting and gathering until the dawn of civilization. Vessels and tools reveal technological and cultural developments..
The Ana and Abraham Portnoy Gallery This gallery presents the development of glyptic art over 6,500 years, illustrating the many uses of seals in the ancient Near East. Try out..
Chronicles the development of written communication – a revolutionary invention that changed the shape of history. On display are examples of several different scripts of the ancient Near East including..
In the third millennium BCE Mesopotamia was the center of an international commercial system, stretching from India in the east to Syria and Anatolia in the west. Displayed here are..
The Zeev Reuben Borowski Gallery This gallery illustrates the religious life of Sumer and Akkad in southern Mesopotamia. Worshiper statuettes, seals, and the model of the Ziggurat of Ur depict..
Artifacts in this gallery emphasize the great importance of the afterlife for the ancient Egyptians. The model illustrates the royal burial grounds at the pyramids of Giza.
The Harriet and Leon Pomerance Gallery Featured here are a variety of weapons and depictions of warriors from the Bronze Age, illuminating the story from Genesis 14 – the war of..
This gallery gives cultural context to the stories of the Patriarchs in the lands of the ancient Near East. Abraham's belief in one God emerged in contrast to contemporary polytheistic..
These exhibits reveal aspects of the New Kingdom period in Egypt and its northern neighbors (Canaan, Syria and the land of the Hittites). This period is reflected in the story..
A regional crisis in the 13th and 12th century BCE in the Eastern Mediterranean led to large-scale migrations and the emergence of new peoples. The Philistines and other groups, known..
This gallery present finds from Khirbet Qeiyafa, a site in the Judean foothills from the time of the early lsraelite monarchy. Also represented are the Middle Assyrian and Kassite kingdoms..
In the early first millennium BCE, new city-states were established in northern Syria and eastern Anatolia, such as Aram Zoba, Aram Damascus, Aram Beth-Rehob, as well as the Neo-Hittite Kingdoms..
This gallery showcases the cultures of Israel, Judah and their neighbors during the First Temple period. On display is a model of Jerusalem from the First Temple period. On the..
In 722 BCE the Assyrians destroyed Israel, illustrated on the royal inscription of Sargon II and reliefs from Sennacherib's palace at Nineveh. The Babylonian empire, which succeeded Assyria and conquered..
The Lily and Nathan Silver Gallery This gallery offers a glimpse into the splendor of the Persian empire, as described in the book of Esther. Note the stunning silver and..
With the death of Alexander the Great, his empire splintered into several kingdoms ruled by dynasties founded by his generals. The artifacts on display shed light on the Ptolemaic empire..
Presents Judea under Roman rule, when the Second Temple was destroyed and the Bar-Kokhba Revolt suppressed. The objects in the gallery reflect the Jewish, early Christian and pagan practices at..
The Rachel and Moshe Schoenberg Gallery With the rise of Christianity under the Roman Empire, the traditional ancient Egyptian beliefs and practices such as mummification began to fade and Christianity..