Museum Tours

M2. Biblical Tour of Persia in the Ancient Near Eastern Gallery April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Persia was arguably the most important cultural influence on the writing  of the Bible. Following his 2013 field expedition to Iran, Dr Ron  Choong developed a series of lectures which will culminate in this  inaugural museum tour in 2017. 

Ever wondered about the Ancient Near East where Abraham, Isaac, and  Jacob lived in? What were the contemporary cultural, political, and  social contexts from which Israel emerged as a nation? Understanding the  geohistorical, philosophical, and scientific contexts of the Old  Testament is instrumental to study the Word of God.

In this field trip, we will look at the Metropolitan Museum’s Persian  collection of artifacts to examine the parallel writings of the Ancient  Near East and the Old Testament. Each of the artifacts in the museum  clarifies or affirms the texts of the Bible. The religions of ancient  Israel resulted in the monotheism of YHWH worship through a long period  of evolving shifts in moments of geohistory and socioeconomic politics.  The question raised by ancient Israel that prompted the writings of the  OT was, “Are we still YHWH’s people?” The answer was a resounding “Yes”.

 Every Christian who seeks to evangelize and proclaim the Gospel  faithfully is responsible to read the Bible with integrity. This  includes a need to be aware of the contexts that make up the cultural  matrix. Then we may more accurately discover the message conveyed  through the medium we call the Holy Bible. 


M3. Biblical Tour of the Greco-Roman Galleries October 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


On this inaugural tour, Dr Choong will share his thoughts on the main  influences of Hellenic, Hellenistic and Roman cultures on the writing  of the Bible with specific references to artifacts in these immense  galleries. 

Three themes of Greek Religious Thought:  

  1. LIFE & SUFFERING: Creation accounts and the healing arts.
  2. DEATH & THE AFTERLIFE: Moral cognition and preparation for the next life.
  3. RELIEF & BELIEF: Emergence of religion and belief in the resurrection.