Friday, April 1, 2016

Our Trip to Israel - Day Four - Israel Museum

Model of the Old City of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period

On Saturday, we had the challenge of making our way back to Jerusalem to visit the Israel Museum.

I say challenge because in Tel Aviv, the buses shut down for Sabbath at sun down on Friday to sun down on Saturday.

In Haifa, where my wife is studying, the buses do not shut down for Sabbath, so when we planned the trip Friday night we were surprised and initially concerned we would not make the trip.

We discovered Sheruts, shared taxi vans that run from Tel Aviv's Central Bus Station to many locations in Israel, even on Sabbath.

We grabbed a cab, and once there found the first bus in line going to Jerusalem.  Once the van was filled with ten passengers, it set off.

From Central Jerusalem we cabbed to the museum.

The photo at the start of this post is a 1:50 model of the Old City of Jerusalem as it was when the Second Temple existed.  The structure nearest is the Second Temple. At that site now is the Dome of the Rock.

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And this next 360 image is from 90 degrees to the right of the first one.
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The museum is the home of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  In the center of the display is a reproduction of the only book of the Bible found in its entirety among the scrolls.  The book of Isaiah.

The actual pages are too fragile for permanent exhibition. Instead a single page is displayed, and rotated out for another page.

I asked the woman at the ticket desk if I could take photos. She told me "It's a free country" but did add flash was not allowed. When I found the display with the actual page of Isaiah, I decided to take a picture. I double checked to make sure the flash was off.

No sooner had I taken the photo when a security agent told me no photography was allowed.

Here is that photograph (hey, it was already taken!)

The page is on the table.

This is a statue dedicated to the goddess Bastet in the main Israeli Museum, it is held in the gods and monsters sections of the museum.

This statue dedicated to Horus in  the same display.

Above is Thoth who is depicted normally as a crane headed deity.

A panorama of all three gods from above.

This is a Stele with Sumerian writing, you can actually see the writing if you zoom in on the photo.

On this stele we have more Sumerian writing that you can examine by zooming in.

On the cylinder is Sumerian writing, probably a decree or a list of the laws.

Weapons and armor for warriors

This Grecian Urn shows the story of Theseus against the Amazons

Hercules (or Herakles) is depicted on this Urn

An actual statue of Herakles holding the Nimian Lion's pelt.

This is a bust of the head of Alexander the Great.

Thank you to son David Stout for writing the captions to the photos.

Day One and Two - Tel Aviv, Masada and the Dead Sea

Day Three - Jerusalem

Day Four - Israel Museum

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