Exhibit Map

Welcome to Khirbet el-Maqatir: a Journey through Biblical History

On display are more than 250 authentic artifacts from ancient Israel, Egypt and Jordan. Your journey will begin in the Byzantine period and from room to room you will walk farther into biblical history. Use the links above to learn more about some of the artifacts that are on display in each room.

The Second Temple Period & Rome

  • Khirbet el-Maqatir Limestone Basin
    Limestone basin from Khirbet el-Maqatir that may have been in use when Jesus of Nazareth and his disciples visited in the year 33 A.D. (if the site is Ephraim).
  • Roman Era Limestone Cups
    The cups on display represent stoneware likely in use during the first half of the first century in Judea. Perhaps with the finished version we have a glimpse of how the cup used at the Last Supper may have looked.


Money of the Bible

  • Shekel of Tyre
    This coin was the only coin accepted at the Jewish temple in the first century to pay the required temple tax. Therefore, it is likely this style of coin represents the thirty pieces of silver given to Judas to betray Jesus.

The Might of Mesopotamia

  • Nebuchadnezzar Brick
    Brick from ancient Babylon with a cuneiform stamp impression that translates as “Nebuchadnezzar – King of Babylon.”


The Gates of Ai

  • Gate Socket stone from Khirbet el-Maqatir
    Socket stone from the ancient city gate of Ai/Khirbet el-Maqatir

The Lost Fortress of Ai

  • Infant burial jar from Khirbet el-Maqatir
    A jar from the Late Bronze fortress of Ai/Khirbet el-Maqatir that contained the remains of a baby and offering vessels for the afterlife.

  • Idols of the Old Testament
    Idols from the period of the Old Testament

Egyptian Tomb

  • Canaanite Sarcophagus Mask
    The face portion of a sarcophagus lid from more than 3,000 years ago that was discovered in Canaan.

  • Egyptian scarab from Khirbet el-Maqatir (discovered in 2013)
    Egyptian scarab from Khirbet el-Maqatir that helped confirm the fortress to the Late Bronze age and support the identification as Ai of the Bible. This scarab was voted the #1 Biblical Archaeology discovery of 2013 by Christianity Today.


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