Let There Be Light
Oil Lamps from the Holy Land
December 01, 2005–February 26, 2006
Let There Be Light, on loan to MOBIA from the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, illuminates the many uses of palm-size clay oil lamps, a window on our ancient history. Simple and utilitarian in form, and often decorated with various symbols and motifs reflecting the cultures and religions of the people, these lamps were of great importance as the only source of light in homes and temples. This exhibition allows an intimate look at Jewish, Christian, Samaritan, and Islamic oil lamps that were vital for use in the daily lives and religious rituals in the Holy Land, tracing their development over three millennia.
“For thou art my lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will enlighten my darkness.” 2 Samuel 22:29
Courtesy of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. Let There Be Light: Oil Lamps from the Holy Land was supported in part by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation.