Out of the Blue | From the Depth of the Sea to the National Flag
An Exhibition which follows the thread of the mysterious blue color, tekhelet, from the Mediterranean shores over 3,500 years ago to the national colors of the State of Israel.
What is the secret of Tekhelet and Argaman, two precious colors which have held great significance for generations and up to present day?
Out of the Blue showcases unique archeological and historical items of profound cultural significance. The exhibition will display for the first time two-thousand-year-old tekhelet and argaman dyed fragments of textiles found in the caves of the Judean Desert and Masada. Also on display: a unique crown embedded with the rare lapis lazuli gemstone, the only known jar in the world that was painted entirely in purple, featuring royal inscriptions of Darius I, king of Persia, in four languages, and fascinating archaeological evidence for the purple dye industry from Tel Shikmona and Tel Dor. Finally, visitors to the exhibition will see rare prayer shawls and historic flags as Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary year.
In the Valley of David and Goliath
This exhibition brought Bible, Archaeology and the Land of Israel together in one exhibition.
In the Valley of David and Goliath revealed the historic findings from the archaeological site Khirbet Qeiyafa, in the Elah Valley, for the very first time.
Among the exciting artifacts displayed were two intriguing inscriptions, perhaps the oldest Hebrew writing ever to be discovered.
Other revelations on view were unusual cultic shrines that were discovered in ritual rooms.
Most significantly, a unique stone carved cultic shrine model decorated with architectural elements that may echo the biblical descriptions of King Solomon's Temple and his palace in Jerusalem.
Since November 2017, the exhibition was on display at the new Museum of the Bible, Washington DC.
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Photo: Oded Antman
By the Rivers of Babylon
The exhibition presented on one of the most significant events in the history of the Jewish people – the Babylonian Exile.
Visitors experienced the destruction of Jerusalem, the grueling journey to Babylonia, the daily lives of the Judean exiles in captivity and finally the return to Zion.
On display for the first time were original artifacts dating to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian Exile, including clay tablets from the Al-Yahudu archive (named after the city that the Judean exiles settled, in southern Iraq) which displayed fascinating evidence of the lives of the exiles.
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Photos by: Avi Noam
Moshe Zabari - Retrospective
Exhibition of world renowned contemporary sculptor and Judaica artist, Moshe Zabari, A master craftsman for more than 60 years.
The exhibition displayed selected works by Zabari, emphasizing the influence of Jewish sources and ancient art on his creations.
The Book of Books
The exhibition traced over 2,000 years of the Bible, through some of the most important biblical texts including original fragments from the Septuagint, the earliest New Testament Scriptures and original pages from the Gutenberg Bible.
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A stunning display of gold jewelry and vessels from throughout the ancient world: a fantastic collection of Etruscan fibulae, breathtaking jewelry from Greece and Rome, belt buckles worn by soldiers in ancient China and many other artifacts from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia and the Black Sea region.
Sound the Shofar - A Witness to History
This exhibition revealed little known facts about the Shofar tracing its use and symbolism through history from the ancient world to modern times in an exceptional display of artifacts and multi-media. A wide variety of ‘Shofarot’ from around the world were displayed, each connected to personal stories, traditions, dreams and aspirations. Together – they revealed the story of the Jewish people across generations.
Angels & Demons, Jewish Magic through the Ages
This exhibition explored the practice of magic in Jewish tradition from ancient times to day through archaeology, folklore and superstition in an all encompassing display of amulets, khamsas, jewelry, manuscripts and books of spells. These mystifying objects were assembled together for the first time to illustrate this riveting subject.
Glories of Ancient Greece
Exquisite Greek ceramics and enchanting bronze figurines, spanning almost two millennia of history, were the focus of this specially commissioned pavilion at the heart of the BLMJ. A choice selection of Minoan vases from the islands of Crete and Santorini, as well as Mycenan vases from the Greek mainland represented the origins of the development which became known as the great aesthetic classical art one thousand years later.
Echoes of Egypt
This exhibition displayed an impressive collection of photos, paintings, maps and prints of Egypt's magnificent monuments and daily life in the nineteenth century.
Sounds of Ancient Music
137 important findings, among them rare musical instruments preserved from ancient times and life size replicas of ancient instruments created by the sculptor, Moshe Frumin. The mysterious sounds of the past were revealed with all their glory in an unusual exhibition combining sight and sound.
Sweet As Honey
This exhibition presented a collection of ancient art including frescos, mosaics, statues, seals, and coins that depict the sources of honey. The exhibition was enhanced with beautiful photographs and explanations in three languages that illustrated depictions of honey and its sources in ancient times.