The Edmond Sun

March 7, 2014

Armstrong foundation extends biblical-based exhibit to Oct.

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Armstrong International Cultural Foundation recently announced the extension of its popular free archaeology exhibit, “Seals of Jeremiah’s Captors Discovered” through October at Armstrong Auditorium.

“These rare artifacts give viewers a glimpse into biblical times, and bring to life the story of the prophet Jeremiah,” said Brad Macdonald, curator for the exhibit. “We’ve had tour buses and thousands of visitors from all over Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas, as well as folks from across the U.S. fly or drive to view the interactive display at Armstrong Auditorium.”

The exhibit includes nearly three dozen artifacts from Jerusalem’s First Temple period. The most popular have been two clay seals that were discovered in an excavation by Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University, explained Macdonald. According to their inscriptions, the clay seals, called bullae, belonged to two princes mentioned in Jeremiah 38:1, a chapter that describes the attempt by the Judean princes to kill the prophet Jeremiah in Jerusalem in the 6th century B.C.

Edmond’s Herbert W. Armstrong College provided support for Mazar’s City of David excavations where the artifacts were discovered.

“We continue to find amazing artifacts and I hope the success of this exhibit helps bring even more of them from Israel to Oklahoma,” said HWAC archaeology instructor Brent Nagtegaal, who recently returned from the ongoing excavation in Jerusalem. Nagtegaal said students who have experience on the digs serve as tour guides at the exhibit.

Featured in Biblical Archaeology Review magazine, the “Seals of Jeremiah’s Captors Discovered” exhibition is free and open to the public, courtesy of the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation. The exhibit also will be on display in the lobby of Armstrong Auditorium during the remainder of Armstrong’s 2013-14 performing arts season.

The Edmond-based Armstrong International Cultural Foundation is a non-profit humanitarian organization sponsored by the Philadelphia Church of God with executive offices on the campus of Herbert W. Armstrong College. The foundation’s cultural activities include a series of performing arts concerts at Armstrong Auditorium and support of archaeological excavations in Israel.


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