Programs and Activities

Fridays in Focus

   (Program in Hebrew) 


September 6, 2019 | Hades, Mycenae, and Carthage’s Inferno - Burial Practices in the Ancient World, Galit Zarachi, Senior Guide at the BLMJ
During the tour, I will share secrets of Egyptian and Mesopotamian burial, funeral rites of the Mycenaeans and ancient Greeks, and share some of my own research into Phoenician burial as reflected along the coasts of Lebanon, Achziv, and Carthage.

October 4, 2019 | “And the earth was without form…” - Origin Stories from the Nile to the Tigris, Nahara Minamar, Senior Guide at the BLMJ
What can we learn from the first two verses of Genesis and the first sentence of the Babylonian myth “Enuma Elish?" According to the Mesopotamian legend, why was mankind created? Is there a connection between the Pyramids and the Egyptian myth of creation? According to Canaanite myth, how did Baal establish his kingdom, and did the Bible succeed in silencing his story? I invite you to join me in tracing hidden links between ancient origin stories.

November 1, 2019 | The Museum as a Modern Temple, Leora Berry, Architect and BLMJ Deputy Director
The structure and design of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem serve the objects displayed within. We will look at the Museum’s modern architectural features, as well as a few that were borrowed from the ancient Near East, and refer to overt and covert aspects that influence the visitor experience. My tour will integrate exhibits and models from the Museum’s collection to illustrate the worldviews, beliefs, and building methods reflected in ancient architecture.

December 6, 2019 | Before Paper Was Flat, Roni Barsheshet, Director of Creative Workshops
What was the first “paper” that people used? What did they “put to paper”, and how? What happened when writing was invented, and people started sending complete messages? As an artist, I have always been interested in the constraints and possibilities of materials. Paper, as a flat, two-dimensional material, has challenged me in making deep, textured works of art.

During this tour, we will examine the various media that have been used for writing: stone, clay, wood, and papyrus - the first paper in the world. We will explore the relationship between the texture of these materials, the tools used for writing, and the markings that were made. During the tour, you will see a demonstration of how papyrus was made, and have the opportunity to try it for yourself!


Admittance is included with museum entrance fee | Advance booking is recommended | Number of available places is limited | For details and registration: 02-5611066