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Israel Museum in Jerusalem debuts 2,220 year-old mummy

The Mummy, nicknamed “Alex,” the only one in Israel is the embalmed body of Iret-hor-iru, a high-ranking priest who died at age 40, and who suffered from tooth decay & osteoporosis, a condition associated with modern day ailments.

By Yori Yalon & Israel Hayom Staff


An ancient artifact get the high-tech treatment: In a new exhibit that opens Tuesday at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, visitors can view an actual 2,200-year-old mummy. The museum exhibit is tricked out with cutting-edge technology designed to teach visitors about the embalming techniques employed by the ancient Egyptians.

The embellished mummy case containing the remains of the priest Iret-hor-iru – Photo: Oren Ben Hakoon

The main draw of the exhibit, titled “A Mummy in Jerusalem: Secrets of the Afterlife,” is the mummy itself, the embalmed body of Iret-hor-iru (“The Protective Eye of Horus”), a high-ranking priest from the city of Akhmim. Continue Reading »

German returns ancient Roman coin he took from Israel as tourist 25 years ago


German tourist writes to Israel Museum of the Bronze coin bearing an image of Roman Emperor Commodus and the word “Ashkelon” in Greek script: ‘I had to return the unique coin to its owner, the State of Israel.’

By Yori Yalon


A German doctor has decided to return a rare ancient coin he discovered on a visit to Jerusalem 25 years ago.

The bronze coin might have been minted for a special occasion, says Dr. Haim Gitler of the Israel Museum – Photo: Peter Lenny/Israel Museum

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Waiting 45 years for the technology Israel deciphers 1500 yr-old biblical scroll

view videoDiscovered in Ein Gedi back in 1970, an ancient Hebrew bible scroll dating to 500 CE, has finally been deciphered thanks to the collaboration of cutting-edge Israeli and American technologies.

By Eliran Aharon


Cutting-edge technology has for the first time allowed scholars to read the most ancient Hebrew scroll found since the Dead Sea Scrolls, Israeli and US experts said on Monday, AFP reported.

An Israel Antiquities Authority worker displays a scroll (L), found in 1970, along with other findings, that are yet to be analysed, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem July 20, 2015. – Photo: REUTERS/Amir Cohen

The charred piece of parchment from the sixth century CE was found in the ashes of an ancient synagogue at Ein Gedi, on the shores of the Dead Sea, in 1970 but until now has been impossible to read. Continue Reading »

American couple donate rare antiquities collection to Israel Museum

The Belfer collection, of over 350 rare artifacts are considered ‘among most significant private collection of antiquities in the world.’

By i24news


US donors are giving the Israel Museum a collection of more than 350 artifacts “considered among the most significant private holdings of antiquities in the world,” the museum said Wednesday.

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It said in a statement that “select objects” from the collection of New York art patrons Robert and Renee Belfer would go on show at the museum in Jerusalem from June, as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

“The Belfer collection features hundreds of ancient Greco-Roman and Near-Eastern glass vessels, recognized as some of the most impressive specimens of their kind, as well as important early examples of Greco-Roman sculpture in bronze, marble, and mosaic,” it said. Continue Reading »

For 1st time 9,000 year-old stone masks united at the Israel Museum


Twelve 9,000 year-old masks, all originated in the same region in the ancient Land of Israel come together for the “Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World” exhibition.




With Purim around the corner, the Israel Museum brings together for the first time a rare group of 9,000-year-old stone masks, the oldest known to date, in a new exhibition starting today. Culminating nearly a decade of research, “Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World” showcases 12 extraordinary Neolithic masks, all originating in the same region in the ancient Land of Israel.

World’s oldest masks Photo: Courtesy

World’s oldest masks – Photo: Courtesy

Originally they are all from the same region, found within only about 30 km. Continue Reading »

Metropolitan Museum of Art of NY & Israel Museum jointly buy Hebrew manuscript

15th-century handwritten copy of Mishneh Torah to be shared by the Israel Museum & the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a rotating basis.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and The Israel Museum have jointly purchased a 15th century illuminated Hebrew manuscript.

This undated photo provided by Sotheby’s in New York shows a page from the Mishneh Torah. April 29, 2013 - Photo  AP

This undated photo provided by Sotheby’s in New York shows a page from the Mishneh Torah. April 29, 2013 – Photo: AP

Sotheby’s announced Monday that the two institutions have acquired The Mishneh Torah from the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Judaica Collection. It was about to be put up for auction in New York City. Continue Reading »

WATCH: At the Israel Museum, “Herod the Great” Exhibition

At the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, premieres the world’s 1st exhibition on the life & legacy of the Roman King, Herod the Great.

By Hezki Ezra


Arutz Sheva TV visited the world’s first exhibition devoted to the architectural legacy of KiRoman King Herod the Greatng Herod, the Jewish proxy monarch who ruled Jerusalem and the Holy Land under Roman occupation two millennia ago. The exhibition, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, includes about 250 archaeological artifacts recently discovered on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, at the Herodion summer palace, south of the capital, Jericho and other sites.

The display includes a reconstructed tomb and sarcophagus from Herod’s grave and a wall painting from the Herodion. Continue Reading »