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Written by Stephen Langfur
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Israel Museum
Shrine of the Book
Model: Jerusalem, 66 AD
Herod the Great: A special exhibit
Logistics for Herodium
The main part of the Israel Museum has recently been redesigned and reopened, after several years during which we were only able to visit the Shrine of the Book (exhibiting fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls) and the outdoor model of Jerusalem as it may have looked in 66 AD, the eve of the Jewish revolt against Rome. The renewed main part contains many of the most important finds from the various sites we visit during a tour, including, to name just a few, the Holy of Holies from the Israelite temple at Arad, figures from the Canaanite shrines at Hazor, the "House of David" inscription from Dan, the ossuary of Joseph Caiaphas (the high priest who interrogated Jesus), the "seat of Moses" from the synagogue at Chorazin, a stone from Caesarea mentioning Pontius Pilate. And much, much more. In addition to the archaeology, there is a large section on Jewish customs and festivals, as well as one devoted to Israeli art. One could easily spend a couple of days, but most groups don't have time on their programs to visit this main part. Even so, as a group or an individual one can take advantage of Tuesday, when the museum is open from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., or visit it during part of a free day. Note the hours under "Logistics."

We present some remarks about the Shrine of the Book and the Model. For the rest, see the museum's Web site.