March 13-September 18, 1997
From the ancient Jewish civilization that lived in the natural fortress of Masada, on the West bank of the Dead Sea, during the days of Herod the Great, this exhibition presents multiple artifacts that hold secrets from the past. Masada was the last place where Jews congregated during the reign of the Roman Empire. The artifacts range from pieces of fabric to Dead Sea scrolls to pottery to lamps like those referred to in the parable of the 10 virgins. They represent both the life and death of a group of Jews who rebelled against Roman rule, leading to the Roman’s destruction of Jerusalem. The artifacts are reminiscent of the rich symbolism throughout the New Testament.