The UP Museum of Archaeology

Tuesday I spent some time in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia. The museum has a nice collection of artifacts of interest to the student of the Bible. One of the best known names associated with the museum in the field of biblical archaeology is that of James Pritchard. Professor Pritchard edited The Ancient Near East Texts and The Ancient Near East in Texts and Pictures. He was also well known for his work at Gibeon and the book, Gibeon, Where the Sun Stood Still.

The museum has a nice collection from Egypt, Canaan, and Mesopotamia. The section on Mesopotamia is now closed with many of the items included as part of a traveling exhibit. One of the retired professors at UP told me 4 years ago that the museum has 40,000 clay cuneiform tablets, but I saw none of them on display during this visit. Currently there is an exhibit on Amarna, but I did not find it especially impressive after having visited museums in Egypt, London, and Berlin.

There is a good section on Rome, especially dealing with Emperor Worship. This is a helpful resource in studying Revelation.

University of Pennsylvania Musem of Archaeology and Anthropology

The Museum does not permit copies of photos made in the museum to be posted on other web sites (without some special permission, perhaps). If you are in the area, it is a worthwhile visit.

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