Israel Museum, Old City Walls, Austrian Hospice
03.12.2011 - 03.12.2011
As the pace of the tour began to slow down we were given a lot more free time to just 'be' in Israel. The first half of the day today was spent at the recently refurbished Israel Museum. One of the most significant things about this place for me was the 1:50 scale model of the city of Jerusalem as it appeared in 66-70AD. It really helped put things into perspective, and showed just how big the temple was in relation to the rest of the city. We were able to spot all the places we had visited and see where things were in relation to each other.
The museum also housed the Shrine of the Book, which contained parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was good to see the original documents, as we visited the site where they were found earlier on in the tour. It is exciting to think that these early manuscripts matched well with our current copies of the Bible today. God’s word Is certainly living and active! No photos were allowed to be taken in the room, although the photo below shows the outside, a building which is carefully kept at the right temperature through water cooling along the white roof.
After the museum we walked along the city walls of Jerusalem, the north and west walls being part of the walls from Jesus' time. This provided us with fantastic views across the Old City. After this we had a lazy afternoon with coffee and cake at the Austrian Hospice in Jerusalem.