Cradle of Christianity

The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University is one of only three U.S. venues for an important traveling exhibition tracing the shared roots of Jewish and Christian beliefs and practices through biblical archaeology. Organized by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Cradle of Christianity explores the concurrent histories of early Christian and Jewish life through some of the most significant biblical artifacts ever found, including a section of the Temple Scroll, a major Dead Sea Scroll. Other highlights include the burial ossuary of Caiaphas the High Priest—who, according to the New Testament, delivered Jesus to the Romans, and an inscription bearing the name of Pontius Pilate. These artifacts represent the only surviving physical testimonies of these two prominent figures. Cradle of Christianity features a full-scale reconstruction of the chancel of a Byzantine-era church and other remains of excavated synagogues, churches, and religious sites, such as capitals, mosaics, and marble furnishings, dedicatory inscriptions, and liturgical objects.

The Carlos Museum has partnered with Emory University's esteemed Candler School of Theology, Department of Religion, and Institute for Jewish Studies to produce a free audio guide and to present special programming around this unprecedented exhibition. These initiatives are part of Emory's commitment to build bridges of understanging that make a difference in the world.

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