Mike Aquilina

Can Anything Good Come to Cleveland?

Saturday April 29th 2006, 2:44 pm

Yes, absolutely. Go to Cleveland and experience the Lake Effect — from Gennesaret, that is. The Maltz Jewish Museum is hosting an exhibit titled “Cradle of Christianity: Treasures from the Holy Land.” Visit the museum’s website, and you’ll see samples of the artifacts on display. An online reviewer tells us that those artifacts include Caiaphas’s burial vault and an inscription of Pontius Pilate’s name. (Tip: In hushed museum galleries, hissing biblical villains is always in bad taste.) The exhibit originated at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum.

Cradle of Christianity . . . sheds light on Christianity’s earliest days: from its emergence against the background of Jewish society in the land of Israel during the 1st century CE, to its development alongside Jewish communities over the following six centuries. Ancient writings and archaeological finds from the Holy Land are woven together to recreate moving images of the past.

Moving indeed. I plan to go with my kids. Hope to see you there!

It’s too bad the Cleveland Museum of Art is closed for renovation. Its collection of Christian antiquities is exquisite. I don’t know when CMA plans to resume its normal business. But if it opens before the Maltz exhibit closes, you could plan a patristic-era festival for the eyes.