Bringing the Word to life in Images and Objects at the British Museum
The Bible gives us so much to read and think about through different styles of writing, from narrative to poetry and from the detailed events of the gospels to the symbolic imagery of Daniel and Revelation. We can read of what took place and we can see the way we should live. However some of the Old Testament can sometimes seem a little dry and some might question whether the events really took place. It can raise the question – ‘what is the evidence for this?’
For those in our small Christian Network Group, working at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), a regulator of competition, ‘evidence’ is a crucial part of our work. We are based in Holborn, in central London, so are well aware of the magnificent British Museum close by. Some of us had heard that it contains evidence relating to the Bible there and that there are tours to show you the highlights
So we booked a tour with DayOne and, one Saturday, we headed into London on our normal commute, walking right past our office, to the British Museum. Our group of a dozen was a delightful mix of CMA staff, Christians in Government and friends, church connections and family members – but with a strong common interest in the Bible. Starting at 11, led by Ian, we finished at about 4 after a break for lunch. And key parts of the Bible (particularly the Old Testament) were brought to life – seeing objects that date from thousands of years ago and how they fit with the Bible’s message was both uplifting and challenging.
A key learning point was that the films have it wrong and the Pharaoh who reluctantly freed Israel was not Rameses, but more likely Tuthmosis III – and this may also give us a clue about the Egyptian princess who rescued Moses. It was remarkable how archaeology provided insights and evidential support at a time when the world was doubting. A highlight, possibly the highlight, was looking at a royal wine cup that may have been handled by Nehemiah, cupbearer to the king.
These are only a few words to describe an inspiring few hours. Something we would strongly recommend. If you would like to know more, please see: www.dayone.co.uk/pages/british-museum-tours. Tours can take up to 20 in a party. If a visit is not possible, there is also an accompanying book produced by DayOne. Enjoy!
Carol and John
Competition and Markets Authority