Biblical Highlight of the British Museum

An introduction into Biblical history, for Jehovah’s Witnesses and friends

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This tour largely takes place in the halls of the marvellous British Museum. But, we also visit some streets in London and make a brief detour to the British Library and the Royal Albert Hall.

After a quick introduction to the early History of Museums for the general public (something to do with a Scotsman/Irishman and hot chocolate milk), we dive into the British Museum.

We could talk for days on end about all the faith strengthening artefacts that are on display in the British Museum… But to keep this tour interesting for as many as possible we strive to keep it within two hours. In the middle of the tour, there is a 10-minute break.

In this tour, we stroll through the hallways of the BM and explorer objects of all the Biblical World Powers or “8 kings.”

The Rosetta Stone

We start the tour in Egypt, the first of the World Powers. Here we look at the evidence for the dating and authorship of the Bible book Genesis. We also look at the evidence for the dating of Genesis to 1513 B.C. and not, as some Bible critics have claimed, a far later date of ± 7-6 century B.C. during the Jewish captivity in Babylon.

Shamshi-Adad V is giving obeisance to 5 Assyrian Gods. We also see an example of the pre-christian use of the cross symbol. The son of this king is Adad-nirari III, who is the most likely candidate for being on the throne during Jonah’s visit as a prophet in Assyria.

The Assyrians are the big bad northern neighbours of the Israelites in the 10 Tribes Kingdom and the 2 Tribes Kingdon of Juda. Some evidence for their attempts at conquest can be found in the ruins of Samaria and Lachis. How do these traces, and their absence around Jerusalem, show that Isaiah’s prophecy at 2 Kings 19:32 has come true?

This clay tablet with Cuneiform writing contains a version of the Flood of Noah’s days account. Here Noah is called Athrahasis in the Babylonian (Akkadian) language.

Among the oldest cities of mankind, ancient Babylon has only been a “world power” for a brief period. Its ancient roots are in the time period of the Sumerian civilization in the days of Abram and Sarai. Later we come across the Neo-Babylonian empire again under kings Nabopolassar and Nebuchadnezzar II. What would life have been like for Abram and Sarai while living in the rich harbour city of Ur? What are they leaving behind when they decide to move to Canaan? Which finds dated to ± 617 B.C. prove beyond doubt that the Jews used Gods name, יהוה, in their day-to-day language?

At an advanced age Daniel worked for King Darius I and may have walked along a part of a wall relief that is now on display.

The Medes and Persians under kings Cyrus and Darius are viewed positively in the Bible for their willing and generous attitude towards the Jews. Is the Cyrus cylinder really “the worlds oldest declaration of human rights”? Or does it have a more dark side to it? What challenges did Queen Esther face at the Persian court? What beautiful evidence do we have that Jehovah’s organisation today is paying close attention to correct details even in their artwork?

Alexander the Great

We briefly discuss the conflict between the Persians and the Greeks, and even the small village of Marathon comes along. A marvellous prophecy (read chapter 8 of the bible book Daniel) about the rise and fall of Alexander the Great and how eventually four of his generals split up his empire. Also, what can we learn from the Greek dedication to their Gods as expressed in the rebuilding of the Parthenon?

Parts of a Roman soldier’s armour and weapons.

Our first-century Christian brothers and sisters in Rome had similar challenges as we today. To protect their bond with Jehovah they would have to protect themselves with the full “armour of faith”. In the first few centuries on the Christan are some beautiful bibles are made on vellum. These old Bible copies are now known as the codex Sinaiticus (350) and the codex Vaticanus (450) which we briefly look at in the British Library. 

John 21:1-21:25. Codex Sinaiticus, Eastern Mediterranean, mid-4th century
Can you find a scripture in the Codex Sinaiticus without the help of Chapters and Verse numbers?

Churchill proposed to Roosevelt to establish a “United Nations” in 1942, years before the common public heard about this. We knew based on Bible Prophecy.

In that same room in the British Library in the United Kingdom is a letter from Churchill to Roosevelt (then president of the United States) in which he discusses the world after the War. Churchill proposes to establish the United Nations.

In this very same city, only a few blocks away, sits the beautiful Royal Albert Hall were, in 1926 at a special convention, the satanic origin of te League of Nations where explained.

During the Second World War in 1942 brother Knorr held a talk based on the prophecy in Revelation 17 that the disbanded League would “rise again,” and so it did, in 1945 as the United Nations.

If you like to prepare yourself for this “highlights” tour even better, you can read the articles from jw.org that are listed in our reading list. To enjoy this tour even better we provide you with a workbook that you can download here.

Would you like to book for a group of at least 50 persons, such as friends or your whole congregation? Then we make exceptions to booking dates and hours. You can contact us directly via booking@mybible.tours.

For more general background information into Biblical Archeology and History we can refer you to these quality books:

The Archaeology of the Bible – James K. Hoffmeier
Evidence for the bible, Clive Anderson and Brian Edwards.

Would you like to learn more?

This is just a snippet of all the information that is discussed in this informative and faith strengthening tour. Book your free tour now or subscribe to our email mailinglist to receive extra free biblical history articles.

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