The British Museum was established in 1753 and to my mind has the most comprehensive collection of artifacts and art works (about 8 million) any where on the planet because it depicts the development of human history and culture not simply of the western world, but throughout every continent on earth. Among the museum’s most revered treasures are highly contested pieces, like the Elgin marbles from the Parthenon, and then there are amazing stores of golden objects such as this chariot from the Oxus Treasures of Persia. However, for those of us who love history, and in particular those of us who believe in the biblical accounts as being accurate narratives of historical truth, the British Museum is a gold mine, not only of gold, but of historical affirmation.Perhaps the most famous artifact is the Rosetta Stone, on which is written an ancient Egyptian edict inscribed in 3 languages. This stone became the key to unlocking ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. There are also hundreds of finds that depict or describe events recorded in the Bible, verifying the accuracy of biblical accounts. The Black Obelisk of Shalmanezer III is one of the most famous artifacts, but it is just one of a multitude in a vast collection of evidence supporting the existence of the people who became the Israelites and settled in the Land of Canaan after being freed from bondage in Egypt.If anybody is skeptical of the historical accuracy of biblical records, I think a trip to the British Museum might give them reason to reconsider! Cyrus really DID exist! Someone back there thought a ram really did get caught in a bush! Ancient women really did have mirrors made out of bronze! Want to see what a Roman nail looked like at the time of Christ? Ancient texts? Ancient musical instruments? How about a golden cape that brings to mind the story of Gideon making a golden ephod for himself to wear back about 1249 BC.? I mean, this one was found in Wales, but it proves such articles were made. I was totally fascinated!There are treasures from every period of history and from around the globe.It would take about 8 million pictures to attempt to share everything, and Alan wisely reminds me I need to refrain from trying to share too much infosince nobody has that much time, so I’ll just say: If you get a chance—GO! If you can spend the whole day, they have a great cafeteria for lunch or tea time. I am sure you’ll be delighted with all the treasures you find hidden there, and I hope it strengthens your faith in the credibility of the Bible, as it did mine!
“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endures forever” (Psalm 119:160).