Yesterday night there was the formal presentation of some Jewish items of significant historical and Biblical value by a Jewish friend of Il-Ħaġar.
The donor, Toronto-born Joseph Baruch Silver is a graduate in history, art and archeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is not only a collector but also a patron of important archeological parks in Israel.
Mr Silver donated items from the Kingdom of Israel dating to some 1000 BCE. They include terracotta oil lamps from from the period of divided Kingdoms of Judah and Israel (about 2,800 years old), one from the Hellenistic period (some 2,300 years old), one from the time of Jesus of Nazareth, as well as other potteries and historic coins dating back from circa 1,850 BC to the time of Jesus. With this donation Mr Silver wishes to affirm the value of friendship between peoples and the heritage of our Judeo-Christian culture.
The museum management would like to thank Mr Silver for this important donation.
(Photos by James L Borg)