Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1200 – One million artifacts on display in Israel


A news item got my attention, “One million artifacts on display in Israel.” That’s where we start our discussion this week. Israel’s archaeological riches are on display all over the country, not just in the big museums in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. For instance, I mention a visit to Kibbutz Ein Shemer to do an interview with archaeologist Adam Zertal a number of years back. We sat in a corner of a museum at the kibbutz (shown) that was dedicated to Zertal’s archaeology. The rest of the museum focused on Ein Shemer’s agricultural history. The Alon museum at Kibbutz Ginosar features “The Jesus Boat,” the remains of a 2,000-year old boat found along the shore of the Sea of Galilee in 1986. Just a couple of examples of what’s on display all over Israel. Israel has dozens and dozens of museums, which are catalogued on this page.

On this week’s program we also discuss recently announced plans by the Israel Antiquities Authority to have private antiquities collectors register their collections with the government. There may be a flood of important archaeological discoveries to come from these collections, numbering around 100,000, IF collectors allow the IAA access to their collections. Not sure how they’re going to accept this idea. It’ll be interesting to watch.

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