A 1:50-Scale Model
Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours (BIMT) is all about teaching the Bible in the context of the land of Israel and other biblical countries (Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy). There are over 100 biblical sites in Israel alone that have been excavated. Today we visit not an archaeological site but a 1:50-scale model of Jerusalem as displayed at the Israel Museum today!.
The model was built originally at the Holyland Hotel in western Jerusalem in 1966. It was carefully moved piece by piece in 2006 to the Israel Museum. The late professor Michael Avi-Yonah used archaeology and historical records (e.g. Mishnah, Talmud, Josephus) to erect it as accurately as possible.
We can learn a lot about the life and ministry of Jesus by walking around this model. Jesus was here in Jerusalem many times. In fact, most of the Book of John preserves Jesus’ ministry here in the ancient capital of Israel. He visited the Temple Mount many times, using these visits as opportunities to teach about the kingdom of God. Jesus spent time in the Royal Stoa, Solomon’s Porch (John 10) and in the Court of the Israelite & Women. Of course Jesus was in and out of the Temple during His last week.
Places of Interest
Displayed on the south end of the model is the Pool of Siloam. Displayed on the west side is Herod’s Palace. This was where Jesus was condemned to death by Piliate. Also preserved on the west side (yet outside the Second Wall as described by Josephus) is a quart. This is suggested to be the place of crucifixion and burial of Jesus. Today, the Holy Sepulcher Church stands here. The newer suggested place of Christ’s burial can be seen on the north side of the model. Today this location is called the Garden Tomb.