Experience the biblical times


Life in biblical times has been depicted on film and television, and, of course, chronicled in print. Have you ever watched stories or read about those ancient days and thought it would be cool to experience the life and challenges firsthand? Now you can, sort of - thanks to the interactive exhibit From Tent to Temple: Life in Ancient Near East, at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

The exhibit, which opens Sunday and runs through July 20, is designed to allow children ages 7-12 and their families to experience what daily life was really like in biblical times through hands-on activities.

Visitors can fish, hunt, gather food and do lots more at the exhibit's 55 workstations, which are broken down into four categories: food, shelter, clothing and archaeology. At the food section, you can learn to grind wheat and invent cooking utensils. At the clothing area, a loom is set up, allowing all to try their hand at weaving.

On opening day, there'll be refreshments, storytelling, a petting zoo, jewelry-making and an array of other activities.

The exhibit was created by the Jewish Children's Learning Lab.

The exhibit "From Tent to Temple: Life in Ancient Near East" runs Sunday through July 20 at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St. Hours are noon-4 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays-Thursdays. $5; free for members. Call 410-732-6400.

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