Antiquities from the Holy Land
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Antiquities from the Holy Land

The second section of the Gregorian Egyptian Museum contains archaeological material from Palestine, some of which dates precisely to the years of Roman domination (from 63 BC), a time of strong political, cultural and religious transformations, in which the earthly life of Our Lord is the focus point. Numerous Catholic Institutions, and in particular the Pontificio Istituto Biblico, the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum and the Ècole Biblique, have dedicated great effort to the study of the archaeology of the Holy Land in order to preserve and develop the Holy Places, the guardianship of which is entrusted to the Franciscan Fathers, and to enlighten with archaeological and epigraphic science the historical, cultural and economic context in which the Incarnation took place. This is a difficult task, because science cannot interfere in the field of the faith, even if it helps to understand the word of the Scripture. The exhibits show us objects of daily life at the time of Jesus, those that often appear in his parables - knowing them is useful for grasping the message of salvation and redemption that He addressed to us.