ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM: TEN COMMANDMENTS: OCT. 10-18, 2009

ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM, TORONTO, CANADA

THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM


The "ROM" stands for the Royal Ontario Museum, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is Canada's largest museum of world cultureand natural history. Considered the fifth largest museum in North America, it contains more than six million items and over 40 galleries. The notable collections consist of dinosaurs, Near Eastern and African art, East Asian art, European history, and Canadian history. It contains the world's largest collection of fossils from the Burgess Shale with more than 150,000 specimens. ROM has also hosted many travelling exhibits.

The ROM is located at the corner of Bloor Street and Avenue Road, north of Queen's Park, Toronto..

"Established as the Museum of Natural History and Fine Arts in 1857 at the Toronto Normal School, the museum's current incarnation began in 1912 with the enactment of the Royal Ontario Museum Act by the provincial government. Operated by the University of Toronto until 1968, the museum is now an independent institution but still maintains close relations with the university, often sharing expertise and resources."


RENOVATION, 2007


The Royal Ontario Museum started renovation in 2002 and completed in 2007 with a donation of $30,000,000 from a donation by Michael Lee Chin, an immigrant from Jamaica. The new renovation puts the Royal Ontario Museum with two different exteriors, the building facing Avenue Road is the orginal look while facing Bloor Street West it has a very modern futurist look envisaged by world renown architect Daniel Libeskind, who was chosen to rebuild The Twin Tower site in New York.


DANIEL LIBESKIND CHOSEN TO REBUILD GROUND ZERO

Daniel Libeskind has also been chosen to design the Ground Zero building after the aftermath of the disaster of 9/11, the series of coordinated suicide attacks by Al-Qaeda upon the United States on September 11, 2001.

:Libeskind is the brother-in-law of Douglas Lewis, former NDP Leader of Canada. What a coincidence that a Jew was selected to design the $30,000,000 renovation. There are other reknown architects that could be chosen, but God had some input even into this very important event, exibition of God's Commandments.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS


October 10-18, 2009

The Ten Commandments would be on display only a week in addition to the Dead Sea Scrolls which will continue until January 3, 2010.

For only a single week, Torontonians will get a rare glimpse of the oldest and best preserved parchment scroll of the Ten Commandments. It is a rare opportunity to stand and gaze upon the Ten Commandments of God.

The importance of the Ten Commandments cannot be over emphasized for throughout the history of the Israelites, keeping the commandments means preserving "Life" for the soul.

The phrase "the Ten Commandments does not appear in the Hebrew Bible. In Hebrew the phrase is known as "the ten words".


WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TEN COMMANDMENTS INSCRIBED IN TWO STONE TABLETS?

After receiving the commandments from God on Mount Sinai, Moses returned to the people and saw the Israelites worshipping the "Golden Calf". Moses was besides with anger and broke the tablets. God carved two new tablets and again wrote the Ten Commandments, which were placed in the Ark of the Covenant at Solomon Temple.

The Babylonians destroyed the Temple in 586 BCE and the stone tablets disappeared from sight. The fate of the tablets remains a mystery to this day. Some theorize that the items were spirited before the destruction of Jerusalem.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS


The importance of the Ten Commandments cannot be overemphasized by both the Jews and Christians. Keeping the commandments as the guidelines is important to the salvation of man. For the Jews, disobeying the commandments led them to wander in the wilderness for forty years and out of over 600,000 men besides women and children, only two people, Joshua and Caleb reached the Promised Land. So great was the wrath of God that He would not let them survive the journey which should really take them a short journey from Egypt to the Promised Land.

The Ten Commandments can be divided into two sections. The first four commandments are to love God, and the rest can be said to love Man as yourself. When you love God, you will obey Him, and not follow after other gods and their customs. Honouring your parents is the promise of long life on earth while honouring God and not worshiping any other gods, you will not receive a penalty from God, which is passing "the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation." Keeping the Ten Commandments means "no penalty" but "prolonged life", a curse or blessing. The choice is up to you.

In the New Testament, Jesus reiterated the keeping of the Ten Commandments.

Matthew 22:37-40

"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy mind.


This is the first and great commandment.


And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.


On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

Observing the Ten Commandments is the essential foundation, the very unbreakable solid rock of both the Jews and the Christians.

The rugged terrain of the Qumran area where the Essenes lived.
The rugged terrain of the Qumran area where the Essenes lived.

ESSENES

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Essenes (Greek Εσσηνοι, Εσσαιοι, or Οσσαιοι) were a Jewish religious group that flourished from the 2nd century BCE to the 1st century CE that some scholars claim seceded from the Zadokite priests[1]. Being much fewer in number than the Pharisees and the Sadducees (the other two major sects at the time) the Essenes lived in various cities but congregated in communal life dedicated to asceticism, voluntary poverty, and abstinence from worldly pleasures, including marriage and daily baptisms. Many separate but related religious groups of that era shared similar mystic,eschatological, messianic, and ascetic beliefs.

The Essenes have gained fame in modern times as a result of the discovery of an extensive group of religious documents known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, commonly believed to be their library. These documents include preserved multiple copies of the Hebrew Bibles untouched from as early as 300 BCE until their discovery in 1946.

DATING OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS


Dan Rahimi, the ROM's VP for gallery development said that the leather scroll was thought to date from between 30 and 1 B.C. The scroll was discovered in one of 11 caves in 1952. It is not the oldest surviving copy but is the second-or-third-oldest.

The display of the scroll was shown for one week and only 80 hours to protect the artifact from being damaged by light.

ROM Bulletin

The oldest known text of the Ten Commandments is the Nash Papyrus, discovered in Egypt. A Hebrew text, it dates to 150-100 BCE; the Ten Commandments scroll in this exhibition dates to 30-1 BCE. In the Nash Papyrus the Ten Commandments are followed by the start of the Shema Yisrael prayer ("Hear, O Israel...").

Charles Lewis, National Post

"The parchment is part of the Dead Sea Scrolls found in the ancient remnants of a monastic community in 1947. The scrolls, including the 10 Commandments parchment, are dated at close to 30 years before the birth of Christ.

The next oldest written document that contains a complete 10 Commandments is 1,010 years old and is part of a complete Hebrew Bible that was probably written in Cairo and is now in St. Petersburg."


The Ten Commandments found in Cave 4
The Ten Commandments found in Cave 4

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS: DISCOVERED CAVE 4


This Fall: DHC/ART, Hal Foster, the Ten Commandments

August 7th, 2009 | Events/Talks, Exhibitions, Montreal, Performance art, Toronto and region, Video/New Media. This fall in Montreal and Toronto sees a new exhibition at DHC/ART in Montreal, the legendary art critic Hal Foster at OCAD in Toronto, and the Ten Commandments at the ROM in Toronto.

Ten Commandments: A Fragment
Saturday, October 10 to Sunday, October 18, 2009
The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto


A fragment of the Ten Commandments. Image: cogwriter.com

"As part of the ROM’s excellent exhibition Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World, which is on view through January 3, 2010, for one week only in October (due to its sensitivity to light and humidity), the ROM will showcase a fragment of one of our oldest copies of the text of the Ten Commandments.

The displayed Scroll contains the text of the Ten Commandments from Deuteronomy 5 and is the best preserved of all the Deuteronomy manuscripts discovered. A biblical scroll, it is written in Hebrew and dated to ca. 30 – 1 BCE.

It was discovered in 1952 in Cave 4 near the site of Khirbet Qumran. Due to its small size and because the verses from Deuteronomy 8 appear in the Scroll before those from chapter 5, it is thought that this Scroll may have been used in prayer and is not a portion of the entire biblical book of Deuteronomy."

TEN COMMANDMENTS. HEBREW FRAGMENT

MEDIUM OF WRITTEN MATERIALS


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The Nash Papyrus from Egypt, containing a copy of the Ten Commandments, is the only other Hebrew document of comparable antiquity. Similar written materials have been recovered from nearby sites, including the fortress of Masada.

While some of the scrolls were written on papyrus, a good portion were written on a brownish animal hide that appears to be gevil.

The scrolls were written with feathers from a bird and the ink used was made from carbon black and white pigments.

One scroll, appropriately named the Copper Scroll, consisted of thin copper sheets that were incised with text and then joined together.

The fragments span at least 800 texts that represent many diverse viewpoints, ranging from the beliefs of the Essenes to those of other sects.


Muhammed edh-Dhib and Ahmed Mohammed, two Bedouin shepherds of the Ta'amireh tribe.
Muhammed edh-Dhib and Ahmed Mohammed, two Bedouin shepherds of the Ta'amireh tribe.

REFLECTIONS ON DEAD SEA SCROLLS at ROM


Those who live in Toronto are blessed to have this very rare opportunity to see the Words of God written in a parchment scroll. This 10 Commandment scroll probably predates the birth of Jesus Christ by some few years. The discovery by Bedouin shepherds was accidentally discovered about 60 years ago when the shepherd went to look for his lost sheep in one of the caves.

It was really the Lord's will that the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and many documents were discovered in the end time era. It does seem unbelivable that the scrolls were hidden by some two thousand years without discovery. Incredible, but true!

In the ROM you can witness many different types of artifacts on display including ossuaries, coins, small and large jars in which the scrolls are kept. I had wondered why ossuaries are so short in length, and I read that it was the length of the femur. The dead were buried for a year and when the flesh had disintegrated, the bones were buried in an ossuary.

I was quite impressed with the showing of pictures of the animated Temple building. Visiting Israel in 1999, I saw the replica of The Temple which was quite impressive. However, at the ROM the film showing the whole interior was awesome. You felt as though you were actually in the temple itself.

From another screen, you can watch the retrieving and patching up of the many small fragments of the scrolls which have begun to disintegrate. It is like searching for different pieces of a gigantic jigsaw puzzle to fit together. It is a tremendously huge task which needs a lot of patience and precision of assembling the fragments together of the different books of the Bible. You can feel and notice the dedication of the workers in the laborious task of assembling the very delicate fragments.

Bedouins discovered the first of the scrolls in 1947, in a cave near the northwest shore of the Dead Sea in the West Bank. Over the next nine years, searchers ultimately uncovered hundreds of document fragments in 11 caves in the area. The Bedouin who discovered the very first discovery was shown briefly.

On a table was laid a hairnet of a woman under glass which was also found on the site. I peered to get a closer look and Anne Logan, a volunteer of ROM told me the authorities were puzzled how a woman's hairnet was found among the relics for the Essenes were a priestly sect.

EXHORTATION TO SELF-EXAM


Now is the time to self examine ourselves to see what we believe is the truth according to God's laws and judgment. It is appropriate for us to question ourselves and rely only on God's word for the truth and nothing but the truth. Jesus is returning soon to judge the whole world and if we judge ourselves, we will not be judged by others.

Pray earnestly to God for His guidance, reject all falsehood, keep yourself free from all evil connected to idol worship, customs and rites and free yourself from shackles bound by Satan through our weakness. I am very moved by a church pastor on Twitter calling the congregation to gather together for good works on Sunday, but no worship. The pastor is on the right direction. May God bless him. Worship on Saturday is a day of blessing, sanctification, and resting (Genesis 2:2-3). The Bible does not say Sunday ,is blessed or sanctified or rested as a day of worship. 60 churches of the Methodist Church have reverted to Saturday worship. God blesses them for obedience to His words.

Now is the Time for change, Time for renewal, Time to be obedient to God for His goodness, mercy and love toward all man.

Read for yourselves and not listen to others. See with your very eyes. READ THE BIBLE constantly and compare what you think is compatible with the Bible like the Bereans..

The Dead Sea Scrolls have a great impact on many people. In about 4 months, over 160,000 have seen the Dead Sea Scrolls. What does it mean to you personally? Why does God preserve the precious TEN COMMANDMENTS for more than 2,000 years? Why did the scrolls lie dormant for so long? For some Christians, they have no impact whatsoever, why?

God is teaching the people of this world that God exists. The world is full of wickedness and people worship Him with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him and in vain do they worship Him. God is Spirit and those who worship must worship in spirit and in truth. Nothing else but the truth.

Toronto is very blessed for ROM to host the Dead Sea Scrolls. We are specially chosen for the task to proclaim God's sovereignty over space and time. He preserves the TEN COMMANDMENTS for eternity and we are blessed to witness them with our blessed eyes. No one can now claim the Bible is a figment of our imagination. The Dead Sea Scrolls, especially the TEN COMMANDMENTS validate our belief and trust in the Almighty God.

God uses a variety of people in the world to accomplish the task of showing the world the importance of the TEN COMMANDMENTS. For about 2,000 years, the Dead Sea Scrolls were unknown but sixty years ago, they were discovered by Bedouin shepherds and sold to the Jews.

Toronto is one of the few places in the world where the Dead Sea Scroll were exibited. God opened the generosity of a Chinese Jamaican's to donate $30,000,000 to the Royal Ontario Museum and then He chose a Jewish architect to design the magnificent Crystal wing to house the sacred TEN COMMANDMENTS. What is also amazing is the choice of a pagan ROM VP for gallery development who oversees the smooth management of the whole affair. What a miracle! The chosen three are a Christian, a Jew and a Pagan or Muslim. Praise the Lord God


ACKNOWLEDGMENT


  • The ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM for hosting the DEAD SEA SCROLLS especially the TEN COMMANDMENTS essential for salvation.
  • HUBPAGES.COM for publishing my hubs (59 hubs, 19 months, 60,846 viewed pages.
  • comments 984).
  • TWITTER is also a help in my ministry (4 months, 1414 followers, 133 tweets).
  • ALL GLORY TO THE ALMIGHTY LORD GOD WHO MAKES IT POSSIBLE.


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DynamicS 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

einron, thanks for sharing such amazing background to the Ten Commandments. I was meaning to go see this exhibit with my mother, who is a woman of the cloth, but didn't get around to synchronizing our dates & time. I hope that the Rom will bring back again sometime in the future.

Thanks again for sharing such fascinating details. I must have watched the movie of the Ten Commandment about 20 times and it still gets me every time I see it. It is very powerful:)


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thank you for being the first to comment for which I am grateful. It is a shame your mother and you were unable to visit the ROM.

It took me some time to collect and synchronize all the details of the hub. Glad that you appreciate the effort.

God bless.

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