Destination London! So Peter and Angie went back to London again and this time they had time to visite a very interesting place – The British Museum. In this museum there are different departments or exhibits to see. They chose to have a closer look at the department of ancient Egypt and Sudan and the department of the Middle East. These two exhibits both illustrates the ancient and contemporary civilisations and cultures from the Neolithic period until the present.
There are so much to see in these exhibits but I’m only going to tell you about one of the artefacts because I think it looks really cool. The name of the figure is “Ram in a Thicket” and you can see it on the picture to the left. A guy called Leonard Wolley named the figure after a passage in the bible; Genesis 22:13 which is about the Patriarch Abraham who had been ordered by God to sacrifice his son Isaac. In the last moment Jehovah’s Angel stopped Abraham by saying: “Do not harm the boy, and do not do anything at all to him, for now I do know that you are God-fearing because you have not withheld your son, your only one, from me”. Abraham then looked up and saw a ram caught in a thicket by its horn. He then took the ram and offered it instead of his son.
While we are talking about the bible and ancient history, I want to tell about two other places on their adventure which concerns the same subjects: Bible tours in New York and in Israel.
In New York they went to two different bible related exhibits. One called “Woman and the Seed” on the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a bible tour organised by Jehovah Witnesses in Brooklyn. This tour was amazing. They looked trough the history of the bible and how it became available for everyone to read. They also saw a really cool poster from “The Photo-Drama of Creation” which was the first screenplay to incorporate synchronised sound, moving film and color slides. It was introduced to audience in 1914 and it was a four-part film with the total duration of eight hours.
Israel was a completely other experience. They went to see ancient ruins from the time the bible was written. One of the places was called Herod’s Palace. Herod was a king of Judea and he has been described as a man who murdered his own family and other people. He was prepared to commit any crime in order to satify his evil ambitions. Apart from looking at ruins they also went to the sea of Galilee which actually is a place mentioned in the bible in relation to Jesus’ ministry. And not to forget – they went to the Jordan river where Jesus was baptised by John. Actually the river looked a lot like the rivers here in Australia – which is really weird considering that it is on the other side of the world! Peter told me, that he found it fun and interesting to be at a place related to the bible because it becomes easier to visualise the places you read about.
In Israel they also experienced to be help up at the hotel due to shootings. There were police everywhere and Peter told me that it was a bit scary to be in the middle of. The shootings was caused by religious strifes between Jews and Muslims. They don’t get a long because of unresolved issues. If we look apart from the shootings I think they had a very nice and informative trip around Israel!
Actually they went to more countries than those I’ve been telling you about so far. Maybe there will be a fourth part, but for now that was all. I think it sounds like they experienced a lot of exiting things! It actually sounds like they need and extra vacation after all the things they’ve been up to on such a short period of time.
Hope you enjoyed reading about Peter’s European Adventure (including some countries outside Europe). I certainly enjoyed listening to Peter while he told all about it!