Calendar » Get Out

Holy Artifacts!


Cradle of Christianity: Treasures From the Holy Land, opening today at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, features more than 150 artifacts stretching back to the fourth century. "People don't always connect these pieces to reality," says David Mevorah, curator of Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine archaeology at the Israel Museum, which put together the exhibit.

Among the items on display: the Temple Scroll, part of the dead sea scrolls, which has never been displayed before; the burial container of Caiaphas the High Priest, who, according to the Bible, handed Jesus over to the Romans; and a heel bone punctured by an iron nail, the only piece of physical evidence we have that people were crucified back in the day. "The point is to take these well-known stories and show them from a different angle," says Mevorah.

Cradle of Christianity gathers ancient items from the Israel Museum, the permanent home of these historical pieces. The Maltz Museum was instrumental in bringing the exhibit to the States — many of them for the first time. The objects — which come from the fourth through seventh centuries — hold a much a greater significance than just being really old relics, says Mevorah. "They allow people to view a direct contact with the past," he says.

The exhibit is set up in two stages. The first documents the period in which Jesus supposedly lived; the second explores the birth of Judaism and Christianity. All of the artifacts were uncovered in Israel during excavations over the years. "Hopefully, viewers will understand how close our lives are to the lives of ancient people," says Mevorah. "We're not that different."
Saturdays, 12-5 p.m.; Mondays-Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Starts: April 1. Continues through Oct. 22, 2006

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.