Good Sam’s Museum
Wednesday June 24th 2009, 9:10 pm
Filed under: Archeology,Patristics,pilgrimage

Israel has opened a “mosaic museum” in the West Bank, reports The Art Newspaper.

The $2.5m Museum of the Good Samaritan, housing nearly 50 mosaics and a collection of antiquities, was opened at the Christian pilgrimage site where the Bible’s “Parable of the Good Samaritan” is believed to be set. The site also comprises the restored Good Samaritan Inn, a reconstructed Byzantine church, and Second Temple-era dwelling caves.

The museum’s preserved and restored mosaics and other relics from the fourth to the sixth centuries originate from Christian, Jewish and Samaritan historic sites, based on themes in the parable, Dr Magen said. He also said that excavations at the site show it to be the location where King Herod’s palace once stood.

There’s a good chance the St. Paul Center will return, with Steve Ray, to the Holy Land in 2011. Maybe we can see this museum together.
Hat tip: Jim Davila of PaleoJudaica.

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Sounds like a sight worth seeing!

Comment by Carl Sommer 06.25.09 @ 10:24 am

Hi Mike,
2011, Patrice and I will start our “Holy Land Fnnd” again. Thanks for the heads up.
God Bless,
Bob

Comment by bob mckenna 06.25.09 @ 1:22 pm

I suspect there will be a Rome trip in 2010 as well, God willing. I’ll need my sartorial consultants there, too!

Comment by Mike Aquilina 06.25.09 @ 7:04 pm

I am looking for which Church Father would be most helpful in meditation on the Good Samaritan

Comment by Fr. Rick St Louis 12.31.09 @ 2:36 pm

Hi Father Rick! The best place to begin is the Ancient Christian Commentaries series published by InterVarsity Press. The Luke volume has great material on the parable, and it points us to Origen (Homilies on the Gospel of Luke 34.2-3), Jerome (Homily on Psalm 14[15]), Ambrose (Exposition of the Gospel of Luke 7.73-84), Augustine (Sermon 179A.7-8 and Christian Instruction 33).

Comment by Mike Aquilina 12.31.09 @ 3:18 pm



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