An enthusiastic group of 35 members from Melawati Chinese Methodist Church paid a much-awaited visit to STM where a guided tour to view part of our collection of biblical and archaeology replicas was carried out on 7 April, 2018. Hosted by the Centre for Bible Engagement, the session ran from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Dr Elaine Goh was invited to speak on the connection between some archaeological findings and the Bible, as well as the significance of these findings to the Christian faith.
Dr Elaine Goh gave a highly engaging and informative lecture for the first hour of the visit. This was then followed by a series of lectures given by five STM students–Ang Yeaw Meng, Kelly Oon, Gavin Yang, Kevin Chew and Tee Heng Kiat. They provided further explanation on some of replicas in our collection to the visitors.
The guided tour was then divided into five small groups where the visitors could view and be given information on some of the significant archaeological replicas in our collection—the Rosetta Stone, Cyrus Cylinder, Dead Sea Scrolls, Gilgamesh Tablet (Flood Tablet #11), and the Gentile Prohibition Inscription.
The Centre for Bible Engagement received the team from World Discovery Travel to the seminary earlier today. World Discovery Travel recently celebrated their 20th anniversary in bringing pilgrims to the Holyland, and as part of their celebration, they have donated a number of interesting replicas and teaching aids for the seminary. We will feature these in our upcoming posts soon.
Today's visit is exceptionally special in many ways. It not only testifies to the long working relationship that we have built over the past decade, it also demonstrates their commitment to theological education. Today, World Discovery Travel presented to the seminary two special gifts: a very beautiful olive wood carving of the Lord's Supper and an icon depicting the Passion of Christ.
The olive wood carving's attention to detail is truly amazing. It not only depicts the emotions that could be seen from the faces of the disciples of Christ, it also showcases them reclining in having their meal. This is certainly much closer to the culture and customs of its day compared to many paintings depicting the disciples sitting by a table having their meal.
We would like to express our deepest appreciation to World Discovery Travel for the beautiful gifts. What makes this even more memorable is that this is a time gift for us to reflect on Maundy Thursday which falls on tomorrow, March 29, 2018.