By Ilan Ben Zion - July 7, 2018
AP — Jerusalem’s Franciscan friars have opened a new museum filled with artifacts related to daily life in Jesus’ time.
The Terra Sancta Museum’s new wing, built into the ruined remains of Crusader and Mamluk buildings along the Via Dolorosa in the Old City, showcases objects discovered in excavations at biblical sites over the past century.
The Custody of the Holy Land — the Franciscan Order’s organ in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon, and Cyprus — has carried out several archaeological excavations around the region, focusing on sites with connections to the Bible.
Many of the items going on display in the new exhibit, titled “The House of Herod: Life and Power in the Age of the New Testament,” have never been shown to the public.
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