Bible Lands Museum to tour Sparta

Posted By | August 23, 2018 8:49 am

Free to the public, exhibits will include: “The Sea of Galilee Boat Model,” Taylor Prism Reproduction, Egyptian Mummy Mask, Life-Size Roman Soldier and Persian Archer, The Great Isaiah Scroll replica, and more.

The Bible Lands Museum of Sandy, Ore. will be offering exhibits free to the public the following dates, times and locations:

Sparta, Tennessee

  • Days/Dates: Friday-Sunday, August 24-26
  • Where: West Sparta church of Christ, Sparta, TN 38583
  • Exhibit times: 2 pm-6 pm (Friday), 10 am-6 pm (Saturday) with a lecture from 6 pm-7 pm on Saturday, Lectures Sunday (9 am, 10 am, 1:30 pm) and Exhibit Open 3 pm-6 pm (Sunday)

For more information visit or call (931) 836-3790

Some Exhibit Highlights

The Sea of Galilee Boat

“The Sea of Galilee Boat” is a model of a boat (circa 50 B.C.-50 A.D.) discovered in 1986 near Magdala on the Sea of Galilee coast. This model, constructed by award-winning master craftsman Scott Miller, is 48 inches long, making it one of the largest scale models constructed to date – and one of the most historically accurate.

Before the 1986 discovery of The Sea of Galilee Boat, only one image of a first century Galilean boat had ever been found – an image on a tile mosaic also discovered in Magdala. Dr. Shelly Wachsmann, author and winner of the Biblical Archaeology Society’s Award for “Best Popular Book Published in Archaeology” entitled The Sea of Galilee Boat, headed the excavation efforts for the 1986 boat discovery near Magdala and provided exceptional details (including dimensions) of the boat in this award-winning book. Additionally, the descriptions provided in The Sea of Galilee Boat confirm several passages in the Bible’s New Testament, specifically regarding crew, size and fishing methods.

The Taylor Prism or the Sennacherib Prism

The discovery of the Taylor Prism, also called the Sennacherib Prism, was attributed to and named after Colonel Robert Taylor (1790–1852) in 1830 at the ancient site of Nineveh. The Taylor Prism records lists of campaigns led by Sennacherib, King of Assyria from 705-681 B.C., against the Kingdom of Israel and Kingdom of Judah until the start of his final war against Babylon and includes a description of the tribute received from Hezekiah, King of Judah, in 701 B.C. This event is recorded in several books of The Bible, including Isaiah chapters 33 and 36; 2 Kings 18:17; and 2 Chronicles 32:9, and was recorded by the Greek historian Herodotus.

About Bible Lands Museum

Bible Lands Museum is located at 39640 Pioneer Blvd Sandy, Ore. in the lower lever of the church of Christ. The museum is open free to the public on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. PT, and by appointment. Avid Bible historian and Bible artifact collector Bob Stancell opened Bible Lands Museum in 2015 by debuting a portion of his private collection. Bible Lands Museum has more than doubled its exhibits on display since then and offers many documentary film presentations for visitors to view at no charge.

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