The Museum of the Good Samaritan Opens in Israel

On July 7th The Museum of the Good Samaritan opened to the public. From the Israel Antiquities Authority:

“This is the only mosaic museum in Israel, displaying mosaics and other finds discovered in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

The site, located on the main road between Jerusalemand Jericho, is identified with the biblical Ma’ale Adumim, which was located at the junction between the lands of the tribes of Benjamin and of Judah (Josh. 15:7; 18:17). In the Byzantine period it was identified with the inn mentioned in the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–37). This parable includes men of three different faiths: Jesus, the founder of Christianity, Jews, and a Samaritan who performs a merciful deed. Accordingly, the museum exhibits mosaics and artifacts from both Jewish and Samaritan synagogues, as well as from churches.

The mosaics are divided into two groups: those on open-air display and those inside the museum building. In addition, various artifacts from different places are on exhibit.

The museum is situated within theInn of the Good Samaritan site, which includes Second Temple-period remains such as dwelling caves, cisterns from different periods, and the reconstructed Good Samaritan Byzantine church.These remains serve to underline the importance of the sitefor Christians through the ages.”

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