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Good Sam’s Museum

Israel has opened a “mosaic museum” in the West Bank, reports The Art Newspaper.

The $2.5m Museum of the Good Samaritan, housing nearly 50 mosaics and a collection of antiquities, was opened at the Christian pilgrimage site where the Bible’s “Parable of the Good Samaritan” is believed to be set. The site also comprises the restored Good Samaritan Inn, a reconstructed Byzantine church, and Second Temple-era dwelling caves.

The museum’s preserved and restored mosaics and other relics from the fourth to the sixth centuries originate from Christian, Jewish and Samaritan historic sites, based on themes in the parable, Dr Magen said. He also said that excavations at the site show it to be the location where King Herod’s palace once stood.

There’s a good chance the St. Paul Center will return, with Steve Ray, to the Holy Land in 2011. Maybe we can see this museum together.
Hat tip: Jim Davila of PaleoJudaica.

5 thoughts on “Good Sam’s Museum

  1. Sounds like a sight worth seeing!

  2. Hi Mike,
    2011, Patrice and I will start our “Holy Land Fnnd” again. Thanks for the heads up.
    God Bless,

  3. I suspect there will be a Rome trip in 2010 as well, God willing. I’ll need my sartorial consultants there, too!

  4. I am looking for which Church Father would be most helpful in meditation on the Good Samaritan

  5. Hi Father Rick! The best place to begin is the Ancient Christian Commentaries series published by InterVarsity Press. The Luke volume has great material on the parable, and it points us to Origen (Homilies on the Gospel of Luke 34.2-3), Jerome (Homily on Psalm 14[15]), Ambrose (Exposition of the Gospel of Luke 7.73-84), Augustine (Sermon 179A.7-8 and Christian Instruction 33).

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