HISTORIC CONNECTIONS

HISTORIC CONNECTIONS

Bringing the Past Alive...

Archaeology and the Bible

We are presently developing a series of hands on items under the category of "Biblical Archaeology". Many of these items are developed by scholars as reproductions of the original antiquities.
We are working with companies to produce items that are ideal items for use in college, school or personal situations. Being able to handle life size reproductions of items that once played a role in Biblical History will help bring study alive. The most common question we are asked is why would I want to study "Biblical Archaeology"?
The question we pose is: "If you are basing your faith and ultimately your eternity on parts of the scriptures, how can you be sure that those scripture are truth? Science and skeptics are doing everything they can to classify the historical component of scripture as false, thereby undermining the spiritual truths therein. Our aim is to demonstrate that the historical Biblical record must  be based in solid truth otherwise how could you believe its spiritual promise.
So, Biblical Archaeology is a vital topic for both the Christian and Jewish faith to establish core values that then help to enlighten the spiritual value of the scriptures. Biblical Archaeology can never prove the Bible, but can only enhance your understanding of it, by opening up a greater understanding of the world in which it was written, while at the same time validating its historical accuracy. Ultimately your belief is grounded in faith irregardless of the evidence."
We are progressively developing new products that can be purchased either direct through us here in Australia or through our affiliate company in the USA. (see our Church Resource page for link details).
Many other items fit within this category as well, such as the Rosetta Stone ( an item that opened up the understanding of the ancient Egyptian texts and there by its relationship with ancient Israel/Judea), oil lamps and many other items. See our Historic Reproductions page for details.

Does Archaeology prove the Bible? Click HERE to see a six part presentation.


 


1st Century Carpentry Set.


We will soon have available a set of tools to as closely as possible replicate how a carpenters bench would have looked in the 1st century around the time of Christ.

Each set will vary according to availability.


Contact us for details.

Biblical Reproductions

 
 The Ketef Hinnom Silver Scrolls  
Older than the Dead Sea Scrolls

 

Two tiny soiver scrolls in the form of amulets were discovered at a burial cave outside Jerusalem called "Ketef Hinnom" in the Hinnom Valley. Written in ancient Hebrew script dated to the 7th century BC, the scrolls comprise the earliest known fragments of a Biblical Text and pre date the earliest scrolls from the Dead Sea area by more than 400 years. A form of what is j=known as the priestly blessing is contained on the scrolls: "The Lord bless you and keep ypu, the Lord makes His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenanace upon you and give you peace." Numbers ^:24-26.

It also contains the Tetragrammaton, the oldest known form of the Divine name of God.

 

Excavated in 1979 by team led by Israeli archaeologist Gabriel Barkay in a tomb in the Hinnom valley alongside Jerusalem. The scrolls were excavated by Judith Hadley, who has purchased our replicas of the Ketef Hinnom Silver Scrolls. (Ketef Hinnom means the shoulder of Hinnom) The tomb dated to the 7th C BC and contained hundreds of pieces of silver jewelry and artifacts as well as a rare early coin.

The scrolls show a Hebrew script containing a text from the 7th C BC demonstrating the accuracy of translation of the Biblical text through to modern times.

This set of reproduction scrolls is available ready to frame. These would make a wonderful gift for any collector or student of Biblical Archaeology or anyone who grew up with the priestly blessing! (Scrolls handmade in a silver coloured resin - life size)

 $64.95AUD plus P&H. QUOTE KHS1

 

Click HERE to see Sourceflix Video Clip on the Aaronic Priestly Blessing!
 

 
Pilate Inscription

 

We now have a full size reproduction of the Pilate Inscription as discovered in Caesarea.


(Photo of the replica now on display in Caesarea)

Scholars in the past disputed the existence of the Roman procurator of Jerusalem, Pontius Pilate 26-37AD. He was the Roman official that ordered Jesus' crucifixion. However in 1961 a monumental inscription was found in the coastal city of Caesarea in Israel, while archaeologists were excavating the amphitheater there. The inscription is part of what was once a larger dedication to Tiberius Caesar and clearly reads "Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea". Apart from a few coins in his name this is the only known occurrence of the name of Pontius Pilate in an inscription. It was found in context verifying its authenticity.

Our reproduction is made here in Australia. It measures 600 x 800mm x 100mm approximately.
We have a US Associate manufacturing the inscription for us for the US market.

 

Full size Pilate inscription cast in Resin

 


$495.00AUD plus P&H QUOTE PILATEF1

We have a  Full size Gypsum Cast available now in Australia (Not available outside Australia). Gypsum cast available within Australia at a  greatly discounted price.
Contact us for details.



Gentile Prohibition Inscription

A reproduction of the prohibition inscription from the Temple court in Jerusalem. This inscription was placed in the wall surrounding the Temple in Jerusalem warning that any Gentile who passed the entry through the wall would be punished with death.

This is what Jesus refers to as "Breaking down the dividing wall between Gentiles and God"

Two of these inscriptions have been excavated in Jerusalem, one full as this is and one partial inscription. We also have available the partial inscription.

 12.5 x 8 inches.

$199.00AUD plus P&H QUOTE GENTLEFULL


 

The Gentile Inscription
 
from the Second
 
Temple in Jerusalem.
 
Original partial inscription as excavated.

 





Evidence that Greek was spoken in ancient Israel around the time of Christ.
An Inscription displayed on the balustrade of the Temple:

"No foreigner shall enter within the balustrade of the Temple, or within the precinct, and whosoever shall be caught shall be responsible for (his) death that will follow in consequence (of his trespassing)"
The inscription was displayed regularly around the court of the Gentiles and was written in both Latin and Greek. 480 x 250mm.

$240.00AUD plus P&H Contact us for shipping costs. Quote JGI1


 

 Ten Commandments Tablets

 

 

A reproduction of how the Ten Commandments may have looked, carefully inscribed in authentic Paleo-Hebrew (Proto-Canaanite) from the time of Moses.

 

The first two lines declare: "I AM YOD-HEY-VOD-HEY, YOUR LORD" (I am the Lord, thy God.) The second and third lines: "YOU SHALL NOT HAVE ANY OTHER ELOHIM (Gods)." Literal text translation is included.

Each tablet is 165 x 130mm (6.5 x 5 inches) with display stands.

$79.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE ORDER CODE TENCOMMSET1 


 

Ekron Inscription

Ekron Inscription recreation (resin cast) about 23 inches (580mm) wide and 14 1/2 inches(370mm) tall.

This inscription identifies Tel Migne as Ekron, one of the five Philistine capital cities mentioned in the Bible. The Inscription consists of 72 letters in five lines, it reads: The temple which he built, Achish son of Padi, son of Ysd, son of Ada, son of Ya'ir, ruler of Ekron, for Ptgyh his lady. May she bless him, and protect him, and prolong his days, and bless his land. 

This item ships from US supplier.

$250AUD plus P&H QUOTE EKRON1

(US customers pay only US domestic shipping)

Australian Customers contact us for details.


 

King Uzziah Inscription

King Uzziah is mentioned in 2 Kings 15 as King of the southern kingdom of Judah in the lineage of King David. This inscription written in Hebrew is dated to c30-70AD  and is from the burial site of Uzziah. It reads: "The bones of Uzziah, King of Judah, rest here ... Do not open!"
It was discovered in 1931 and is an important discovery as it shows an actual king in the direct lineage of King David dated to 747BC before the Babylonian captivity. It shows that Jewish authorities of the time (30-70AD) considered the bones of Uzziah as genuine in the effort make sure his tomb that had been placed outside the city walls because of his leprosy were properly identified.



A full size reproduction is now available.
$79.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE Code KUI


 

The "Place of Trumpeting" Inscription
 
 


 
The Place of Trumpeting Inscription was found recently...evidence of the upper portion of the second temple in Jerusalem destroyed by the Roman tenth legion on 70 AD. It was here that the priests would blow the shofar announcing the celebration of the Sabbath. The Bible says: "Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down." Matthew 24:1-2

Clear evidence of the accuracy of Jesus words in that every part of the temple was dismantled and thrown over the side of the temple mount only to be found by archaeologists 2000 years later.

$160.00AUD plus P&H QUOTE TRUMP1

 

The Siloam Inscription

(Hezekiah's Tunnel)

In 701BC Sennacherib, King of Assyria had attacked the northern cities of Israel and Judah and was on his way to Jerusalem. King Hezekiah needed to secure the walls of the city and ensure adequate supplies of food and water. Outside the city walls lay the Gihon spring, a ready supply of water, but if he could both hide the spring from the Assyrians and somehow access these waters he could secure the city. He sent his men to extend the walls to enclose the spring from view of the Assyrians and had two teams tunnel from opposite directions, following natural clefts in the rock to produce a winding tunnel that would bring the waters from without to the Pool of Siloam within. The project was successful and ensured the security of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Sennacherib failed to encroach on Jerusalem and went home defeated and empty handed.
The Inscription was carved on the wall of the tunnel 20 feet from the southern end. It records the efforts of the tunnels and how they managed to join the tunnel from both ends. It has been clearly dated to the time of Hezekiah and is another significant validation to the accuracy of the Biblical account.

$149.00AUD plus P&H QUOTE SILOAM1


 

The Tel Dan Inscription 

"House of David"  reproduction

 

The David narratives have for years been interpreted as a priestly propaganda campaign during the Babylonian exile in an attempt to bolster their national integrity. No extra Biblical evidence of David previously existed, and since he was such a monumental leader of the nation of Israel skeptics denied his existence. The argument of lack of evidence raised yet again.

However in 1993 renown archaeologist Avraham Biran was excavating ancient Dan when one of his staff discovered a piece of basalt with an inscription on it in the rubble of a wall.

It was found along with two more pieces found the next season to contain a reference to the ?House of David?. It was written in the Paleo-Hebrew script and has been dated both paleographically and in accord to its position in the site levels to 858-824BC.

Now we have solid evidence that King David did exist, his family descendant being the subject of this stele.

The inscription is in fact a victory monument of one king of Damascus (Aram) proclaiming his defeat of a king of Israel and the House of David.

$89.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE TELDANS1


 

The Gezer Calender

 

The Gezer Calendar is probably a student?s memory exercise written in verse on a piece of limestone around 925BC, about the time of Solomon. It is a text in Paleo-Hebrew about the agricultural seasons and related tasks. It may have been used as a folksong and is of help to researchers of scripts and language of the Near East. It was found at Tell el-Jazari which is the ancient city of Gezer, 30km northwest of Jerusalem by R.A.S Mc Allister It was found in 1908. The text in the bottom left corner is the students signature, his name is Abijah. This tablet/inscription is one of the earliest known examples of Paleo-Hebrew text ever found, indicative of the use of the Hebrew text as early as the 10th century BC predating the Babylonian exile of 586BC after which minimalists and some scholars claim the Biblical text was written. Both the inscription and the text are considered archaic in nature.

His two months are (olive) harvest,

His two months are planting (grain),

His two months are late planting;

His month is hoeing up flax,

His month is harvest of barley,

His month is harvest and feasting;

His two months are wine - tending,

His month is summer fruit.

$36.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE GEZ1
 

 
The Ivory Pomegranate of Solomon's Temple


What has become one of the most controversial items procured by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem is also one of the most inconspicuous items that would have graced their display cabinets. (This item has been removed from display).

A small carved piece of ivory in the shape of a pomegranate with a paleo-Hebrew text around the neck of it ascribing the words (interpreted):

belonging to the temp(le of Yahw)eh holy to the priests

This item if genuine would be the only archaeological find from the 1st Temple of Solomon. It has been dated according to its textual style to 8th century BC.

This would have been used as a scepter top piece evidenced by the hole in its base.

 $29.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE IPST1


 

Alexamenos Inscription-Crucifixion Graffiti-Rome

n the early church period there was tremendous misunderstanding of the cross of Christ, no doubt fueled by the Roman perspective and intention of crucifixion as a cruel punishment for traitors and dissenters. 

To anyone who did not understand the message of salvation through Christ's work on the cross, it was merely a means for mocking Christians. This graffiti that was found in Rome near the Circus Maximus shows clearly a young man named "Alexamenos" worshiping his savior, Jesus on a cross. The artist went a step further in mockery and portrayed Jesus with the head of a donkey. To an outsider, Christians honoring and worshiping their crucified Lord seemed foolish, but those who understand the saving work and grace that Jesus wrought on the cross look to the words of 1 Corinthians 1:18 : " For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but to us who are saved it is the power of God."

 

 270 x 180mm (10 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches)

$49.96AUD plus P&H QUOTE ALEXAMENOS1


 

Pozzuoli Graffito

Found in Puzzuoli, Italy this graffiti image of a crucified man demonstrates crucifixion on a "Tau" cross shaped like our capital "T". Some describe all the markings as scourging, but could also be the image of the ribs around the thorax area with scourging continuing further down. The feet appear nailed at the ankles to either side of the upright.

$19.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE POZZUOLIGRAF


 

Crucified Man Presentation Kit

This kit is designed specifically for teacher, pastors and lecturers as a presentation prior to Easter on the Forensics of Christ's crucifixion. The kit comes with full size faithful reproduction hand and ankle/foot skeletons, Crucifixion nails and an interactive CD that comes with a PowerPoint presentation and printable display sheets.Choose to use our PowerPoint presentation of modify to suit your audience.

$149.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE CRUCPRES1

Contact us for more details.

Please note these kits are available in very limited numbers and must be pre-ordered.


 

 Roman Crucifixion Nail Set

A replica of a pair of Iron Crucifixion Nails. approx. 185mm & 135mm long forged iron.

Only available as a set of two nails (1large, 1 medium)


$24.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE RCN2

Roman Crucifixion Set
Movie prop item

A Movie prop set used in the TV series "Spartacus". Comprises one rubber hammer painted to look like real wood and iron plus 2 special effects "SFX" nails. One nail has a blood cylinder for movie blood to be used.
This set would ideally suit production use in an educational/church situation as it can be used to reproduce or teach about crucifixion. A very rare item.
$299.00AUD plus P&H Quote SPARTCRUCSET
Only one set available.

 

Crucified Man Ankle

The only Archaeological evidence of crucifixion

 In 1968, the remains of a man was discovered in a burial cave at Giv'at ha-Mivtar, northeast of Jerusalem. An ossuary (bone-box) was discovered containing the skeletal remains of a man that had been crucified, evidence of which was  a large nail, still in-situ in the heel bone (calcaneus). The nail was still in place because it had bent when driven through his ankle, most likely upon hitting a knot in the wood of the cross to which he was nailed. Some scholars think his arms were tied to the cross as there was no evidence of a nail wound to the region of his hand or wrist, but this would be the case anyhow as the arms were nailed through the wrist between the joints.

A great display piece or an extra item to go with the "Crucified Man presentation kit".

$59.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE CRUCANKLE1


Thirty Pieces of Silver

 

 A reproduction set of 30 Shekels of Tyre - the coins most scholars believe were the coins of the thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas by the temple chief priests to betray Jesus.
This set comes in a pouch. The coins are all museum quality castings made of  pewter.

 $129.00AUD plus P&H QUOTE 30SILVER1 Pre-Order required.

Contact us for availability


 

Single Coins Shekel of Tyre - Coin of Judas

 

Shekel of Tyre - 1BC - 1AD. The thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas by the Pharisees for betraying Jesus are thought to be this four drachma from the Phoenician city of Tyre. The shekel, acceptable as temple dues, was referred to as "tyrian money". The obverse shows a laureated head of Melkarth, a Phoenician god in the form of the Greek god Herakles. An eagle stands on a ships prow with palm branch in the background on the reverse, the legend reads: "Tyre sacred and inviolable sanctuary." The club is the symbol of Melkarth.

$8.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE JUDASSHEKEL1

 
Last Supper
 
 
A hand painted ceramic model of the Last Supper.
410x230x190mm.
$74.95AUD plus P&H

 See our CRUCIFIXION page for more information and resources...
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Inscribed Bricks

Inscribed Brick with Nebuchadnezzar's name
604 - 561BC replica 

 

Bricks such as these of Nebuchadnezzar II  are very common around the ruins of ancient Babylon. 
Nebuchadnezzar used them in his official building projects and they were made by the millions, every one of them was stamped or written on with a  cuneiform inscription. Our Nebuchadnezzar II Brick is important in the study of Biblical Archaeology because it contains a declaration by king
Nebuchadnezzar II,  who is mentioned in the Bible and is the one who destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem in 586 BC and carried the Jews away into exile.

·                 Baked Mud Brick

·                 Neo Babylonian

·                 604-561BC

·                 Babylon

It is estimated 15 million bricks were used to build his official buildings. Bricks were baked clay and usually bore a stamped inscription but some were inscribed by hand. Inscription says: 'Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, who cares for Esagila and Ezida, eldest son of Nabopolassar, king of Babylon'.
Esagila was the temple of Marduk in Babylon, Ezida was the temple of Nabu, god of writing in Borsippa.

Cast from an original in a private collection.

 

$59.95AUD plus P&H QUOTE NEB1


 

Roman Legio X Fretensis Brick

reproduction


 
ROMAN LEGIONARY STAMPED BRICK FROM THE ROMAN TENTH LEGION THAT SACKED JERUSALEM IN 70AD. A REPRODUCTION OF A LEGIO X FRETENSIS BRICK WITH STAMP. 

 

The Roman Legions stamped many of their bricks, including paving stones and sometimes even roof tiles and pipes.
The Roman Tenth Legion that occupied Judea for over 150 years stamped many bricks and pavers, some of them also bearing the symbol of a "pig" to great annoyance of the Jews.This brick is a recreation of an actual brick found in Jerusalem. The "Fretensis" is a title the Tenth Legion bore after its position earlier of protecting the straights of Messina. The brick is a fragment 130x130x25mm approximately.


$29.95AUD plus P&H. Code BRXF

 

 

Inscriptions from Mesopotamia

Ostraca

Coins and the Bible

Coins of the Bible - Set One

A set of 7 replica coins from the Bible -  these are made from originals in the British Museum Collections. They are made from a lead alloy to duplicate the approximate weight and feel of the originals, and are silver or copper plated and aged. These coins are designed to be handled making them a wonderful educational resource.

Set of Seven Coins -

$36.95AUD plus P&H REPLICAS QUOTE COB1

Tribute Penny 14-37AD. This coin called "penny' in the 1611 KJV of the Bible, should be called a "Tribute Denarius". In Ancient times, while the Roman legions occupied Britain, the denarius was the standard coin. Tiberius was the Roman Emperor who ruled during Jesus' lifetime.
See Mark 12: 14-16. "....give unto Caesar what is Caesar's and ....."

Widow's Mite - Capanius 6-9 AD. The smallest of Greek bronze coins. The word "mite" was used in the Bible and was obviously referred to as the smallest coin known and used by the Jews. See Luke 21:1 "...the poor widow..." This is one of at least two "mites" used in Judea.

Lepton - Pontius Pilate 26-36AD. Pontius Pilate, known to all Christians for his delivery of Jesus to the crucifixion, was governor of Judea. He came from the household of Tiberius and was probably a freedman. The coin shows a sipulum (ladle) said to be a sacred vessel presented to the temple by Tiberius. The obverse has three ears of grain bound together. The legend reads, "Money of Julia Caesar" (wife of Tiberius). Reference to the controversial governor is seen in John 18:28-19:42.

Herod the Great - 37-4BC. When Antipater, procurator of Judea, was killed, he was succeeded by his second son known as Herod the Great. Herod leaned toward Greek culture and was a man of violent jealousies and passions. It was during his reign that Jesus was born. Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt to save the life of Jesus for Herod the Great had ordered the death of all male children up to two years of age. The Lepton shows a Macedonian helmet on the obverse. A tripod used on the reverse to demonstrate Herod's pagan spirit was possibly copied from Greek coins. The bronze coin was made from melted down implements owing to the scarcity of other metals. Matthew 2:16-18.

Herod Antipas - 4BC-40AD. This ruler known as the tetrarch, was the son of Herod the Great, and his original heir. He married for a second time, Herodias, who had been the wife of his brother. He built Tiberius in honour of his patron , the notorious Emperor Tiberius, where he issued his coins. This coin has a palm branch, the title "Herod Tetrarch" and a border of dots on the obverse. The reverse has a wreath with "Tiberius" in Greek, in the centre. As a result of his relations with Herodias, he put John the Baptist to death. Matt 6:14-27.

 

Shekel of Tyre - 1BC - 1AD. The thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas by the Phaarisees for betraying Jesus are thought to be this four drachma from the Phoenician city of Tyre. The shekel, acceptable as temple dues, was referred to as "tyrian money". The obverse shows a laureated head of Melkarth, a Phoenician god in the form of the Greek god Herakles. An eagle stands on a ships prow with palm branch in the background on the reverse, the legend reads: "tyre sacred and inviolable sanctuary." The club is the symbol of Melkarth.

Stater of Antioch - 27BC-14AD. This may also be the type of silver coin given to Judas for the betrayal of Jesus. On the obverse is a portrayal of emperor Augustus. The reverse depicts a female figure representing the Tyche of Antioch with the river Orontes at her feet. 


 

Coins of the Bible - Set Two

A set of 7 replica coins from the Bible -  these are made from originals in the British Museum Collections. They are made from a lead alloy to duplicate the approximate weight and feel of the originals, and are silver or copper plated and aged. These coins are designed to be handled making them a wonderful educational resource.

Set of Seven Coins -

$36.95AUD plus P&H REPLICAS QUOTE COB2


Shekel 66-70AD - Authorities believe that these thick shekels were struck during the First Revolt of the Jews, 66-70AD, and were issued in each of the five years during this period, dated from year one to five. The coin shows the golden cup, a chalice from the vessels of the Temple, which held the manna. On the reverse is a branch of three pomegranates in transition from flower to fruit, considered to be the most famous of ancient Judean coin symbols. The inscription reads "Jerusalem Kedosha" Jerusalem the Holy.


Shekel Bar Kochba 133AD - From the second Jewish Revolt - the obverse show the Ark of the Covenant and two scrolls of the Law.


Judea Capta Vespasian 70AD - Struck in Palestine by the Romans reminding the Jews of their defeat in the First Revolt. The reverse shows a date palm (symbol of Judea) with the Emperor on the left and a weeping Jewess seated with head bowed on the right.


Half Shekel 66-70AD -


Quarter Shekel 132-135AD


Denarius 132-135AD - coins of the second Jewish Revolt were struck over Roman Denarii and Drachmas of Antioch. They generally had Biblical symbols such as musical instruments, palm branches and grapes.


Dilepton Simon Nasi 66-70AD -



Coins of the Bible Book

with replica coins

A hardcover book with 6 coin replicas included. Full history of Biblical coinage through history. 112 pages, numerous illustrations and photos.

$42.95AUD plus P&H Quote BIBCOINBOOK1

 



High Grade Widow's Mite 

in Olivewood Presentation Box

$49.95AUD plus P&H - Limited numbers available - Quote GWMHG1

Manuscripts and the Bible

Seals and the Bible


 
Biblical Bullae Study Set
 
A set of 8 Bullae each in a separate ziplock bag with a brief description of each.
Ideal for individual or group study.
$29.95AUD plus P&H Quote BBSS8
Bullae: Hezekiah, Jotham, Manasseh, Baruch, Jeramael, Seriah, Ahaz & Gemaryahu.
 

 

 

 
 

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