Antiquities Celebrate a Shared Past

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CLEVELAND--More than 150 biblical artifacts have traveled from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage here for the "Cradle of Christianity: Treasures from the Holy Land" exhibit, now through Oct. 22

The exhibit offers an opportunity to examine two important periods of religious history. The first era explores the final days of the Second Temple (the Herodian Period and the 1st century), when Jesus of Nazareth lived. The second period (4th-7th centuries) examines the concurrent development, side by side, of Judaism and Christianity in the Holy Lands.

At the entrance of the exhibit, for example, are two beautifully decorated marble chancel screens--one from a Northern Church at Nissan, Byzantine period, 5th -6th centuries, and the other from the synagogue at Hamat Gader in the Golan Heights, and also from the same Byzantine period.

Other finds include many from the 1st century, including the Temple Scroll, one of the most important of the Dead Sea Scrolls; a stone fragment with a Greek inscription forbidding foreigners from entering the Temple mount area in Jerusalem; and a re-creation of The Last Supper, featuring a 1st century stone table and tableware for 12. …