The museum opened with some fantastic temporary exhibits with strong collaborations from outside organizations. These enticing displays from ancient times up to early modern art have been an attraction many guests have anticipated on seeing during their visit to the museum. These collaborative efforts are temporary exhibits that will be on display for approximately three to six months duration at the museum.
In the Valley of David and Goliath: Bible Lands Museum
Walk in a reconstruction of an ancient city, excavated on a hill top over the Valley of Elah, traditionally the site of the showdown between David and Goliath. This exhibit shows the reconstruction of unearthed city gates believed to be from the time of David. Guests view mixed pottery from different cultures of everyday life in the 10th century B.C., stunning visuals of city plans, and model homes of what one may have looked like during that time period. Clay models of shrines depict what a temple might have looked like, including Solomon’s temple, which was then destroyed around the 6th century by Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian King.
Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound
Learn how John Newton’s famous hymn, “Amazing Grace,” which resonates in the hearts and on the lips of so many, reached far beyond depths of any that Newton could have imagined. On display is a compilation of hymns written by John Newton and William Cowper. This first edition, titled the Olney Hymns, is the first time the song “Amazing Grace” appears in print. Also on display is a collection of handwritten letters by John Newton, a portrait of John newton by famed artist, John Russell, and even a tea pot owned by John Newton. This exhibit will be on display through April 2018.
The Art of the Gospels by Makoto Fujimura
A contemporary art exhibition highlighting the work of Makoto Fujimura, as he revisits the legacy of illumination and explores the Bible as a source of creation. Makoto Fujimura came on as the appointed Director of Fuller Seminary’s Brehm Center in 2015. He is an artist, writer, and speaker with international recognition. In 2011, Fujimura took the almost lost art of illumination, and brought it back to life with his fantastic display of biblical inspiration in The Four Holy Gospels. Illumination refers to the use of reflective material on the surface of biblical pages. This technique was used in many cultures, but was prominent during medieval times until the creation of the printing press in the fifteenth century. The art form drastically declined and all but disappeared for centuries. Makoto Fujimura brings back this gorgeous art form with several pieces on display in this exhibit, each one with Fujimura’s own explanation of its creation and description.
“In taking on the project of creating a modern illuminated Bible, it is my bold and ambitious prayer that this new century will revisit the illuminated legacy, with the Bible as a source of creative inspiration and artistic expression in both the East and the West.” – Makoto
These are just a few of the temporary exhibits presented by Museum of the Bible in strong collaboration with organizations that profoundly support the mission to engage all people with the Bible. Be sure to check out all the temporary exhibits before they leave!