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UPIKE to host ‘World of Jesus’ exhibit

September 27, 2018 12:00 AM
Pikeville, KY
An exhibit preview featuring artifacts from the first century is slated to open in Pikeville on Sept. 27 and will be on display through the end of October. The “World of Jesus” exhibit is a product of the University of Pikeville (UPIKE) with Community Trust Bank and other local supporting partners. The exhibit will open with a showing on UPIKE’s campus from Sept. 27-29 and then at the Lee Avenue Branch of the Pike County Library on Oct. 5.
The exhibit will feature archaeological artifacts from the period of the New Testament, original videos from Israel and artwork that illuminates the historic period. Examples of artifacts that will be on display include a small bronze statue of Zeus from the Roman era, oil lamps from the time of the New Testament, a burial ossuary of a child from first century Israel, the Shekel of Tyre (the same style of coin likely given to Judas to betray Jesus), a cooking pot from the era of the New Testament, large storage jars from the first century and a Roman nail possibly of the same style used in crucifixions. Various other artifacts will help illuminate the history of the period. 
“I have been interested in the world of Biblical archaeology for the last three decades, but in recent years I have taken it to the next step and have become an active participant,” said Exhibit Director Tommy Chamberlin. “I am now on staff with the excavation to ancient Shiloh and help excavate the location where the famous Biblical Tabernacle was located. Biblical archaeology is important as it helps illuminate both the Old and New Testament. For example, in our preview exhibit, we will get a taste of how people experienced life 2,000 years ago.” 
From Sept. 27 through the 29 the exhibit will be open daily on the 7th floor of the Health Professions Education Building on UPIKE’s campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will reopen Oct. 5, at the Pike County Library Lee Avenue Branch. 
Admission to the exhibit will be free, but donations are appreciated. Guided tours are available for a fee but must be booked in advance. For more information or to book a tour, contact Chamberlin at or 606-422-5952. 
“I would encourage anyone with an interest in the Bible, history or ancient artifacts to attend this exhibit,” said Chamberlin. “It will only be in our community for a short period of time and should not be missed.”

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