Artifacts in the Library
In addition to a vast collection of books and journals, the library also has a collection of ancient artifacts that range from Iron Age pottery to Roman currency. Until March 2019, we have loaned several important items to the Texas Tech University Museum in Lubbock, Texas. These include our exact facsimiles of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Isaiah Scroll and the Commentary on Habakkuk, as well as our medieval Esther Scroll.
When scholars Tim Harrison and John Monson were at the library to attend a lecture in 2011, we asked them to explain and provide context for some of our artifacts. The following videos contain their analysis of some of the artifacts in the library’s main hall.
Tim Harrison is a professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Toronto and received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Harrison is also a past president of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), a non-profit organization supporting and encouraging the study of the peoples and cultures of the Near East.
John Monson is an associate professor teaching Old Testament and Semitic languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and received his Ph.D. at Harvard University.
All of the artifacts featured in the following videos are located in the main hall of the Lanier Theological Library.
Introduction to Archaeological Methods and the Context of LTL Artifacts:
Chalice & Serving Jugs: