Museum Tours

L7. Lecture on the Roman World & the Bible December 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


This is a public lecture and is free. 

Jesus conducted his ministry as a Jew in Galilee and Judea. These areas were influenced by the trade, culture, and political structures of the larger Roman world.  The cities of Sepphoris and Tiberias played a major role in spreading   Roman influence in Galilee. Herod Antipas, the Roman client-king of  Galilee during Jesus’ time, established them. He honored his boss, the  Roman emperor, by renaming Sepphoris as “Autocratoris,” a Greek form of  the Latin imperial designation “Imperator.” Herod also named Tiberias  after the emperor Tiberius.  Roman cities exhibited and promoted features of  Roman  culture—architecture, teachers and philosophers, roads and bathhouses,  temples and markets, and entertainment such as the Roman theater at  Sepphoris. Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown, was about four miles from  Sepphoris.  How might  Roman culture have influenced Jesus, Peter, James, John  and Paul? Some have seen connections between Jesus’ actions, such as his  working of miracles, and the broader culture, which included other  miracle workers.  We shall dip into this amazing period in history to better understand the Bible. This lecture is free but please register.


M4. Biblical Tour of the Roman Galleries - December 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


On this tour, Dr Choong and Mr Danny Lee will share  the main influences of Roman cultures on the writing of the Bible with  specific references to artifacts in these galleries. 

Three themes of Roman 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.

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.