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Clifford Wilson's Archaeology Display

Updated on October 24, 2013
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Dr. Wilson After Conferring a Degree
Dr. Wilson After Conferring a Degree | Source

Rev. Dr. Clifford Wilson's Archeology Display

Clifford Alan Wilson passed on to his reward on April 4th, 2012 after an amazingly active life serving God in so many different fields. Several references to him and his work can be found on the internet.

One of his many and diverse interests was in archaeology. He was a strong defender of the historicity of the Bible and took part or led digs in the Middle East and in the USA. He excavated at Ninevah, was Associate Director of the first dig at Tel-Nusieh and Area Supervisor in the excavation of Gezer in Israel with the American School of Oriental Research. From 1967-70 he was Director of the Australian Institute of Archaeology.

Some of his finds, along with facsimiles and replicas of his finds, are now preserved at Kingsley College, the Wesleyan Training College in Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia. It was officially opened on Saturday, 12th October, 2013.

The Opening of the Display
The Opening of the Display | Source

More About Dr. C. A. Wilson

  • World War II: Naval Seaman
  • Missionary to India
  • First Regional Director of Emmaus Bible Correspondence School
  • Pastoral service, Australia and USA
  • Hansard Reporter for Government of Fiji
  • 1958: M.A. in Archaeology, University of Sydney
  • 1967-1970: Director, The Australian Institute of Archaeology
  • 1968: B.D. Melbourne College of Divinity
  • 1971: Honoured as 'Outstanding Educator of America.'
  • 1972: Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of South Carolina
  • 1972: The Language Abilities Test published
  • 1972: Ph.D in Psycholinguistics, University of South Carolina
  • 1973: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of South Carolina.
  • 1975: The Language Abilities Guide published
  • 1975: Senior Lecturer in Education, Monash University, Melbourne (in charge of Psycholinguistics Course in Special Education)
  • Master of Religious Education, Luther Rice Seminary, USA
  • Fellow and Council Member of the Commercial Education Society of Australia; Lecturer: Emmaus Bible College, Melbourne Bible Institute, New Zealand Bible School, Columbia Bible College, Toorak Teachers College; Member, American Psychological Association, Member, Australian Psychological Society
  • Founder, Word of Truth Ministries
  • Founder, Pacific Ministries
  • Founding President, Pacific College of Graduate Studies
  • Founding President, Pacific International University
  • Author of over 50 books published USA, Australia and England.
  • Radio Broadcaster (especially HCJB) in Australia, USA, and around world
  • Editor, New Life Christian Newspaper
  • Consulting editor of the Biblical archaeology journal 'Bible and Spade'
  • Recipient, two honorary Ph.D. degrees
  • Loving husband and father
  • Strong Christian apologist and defender of the faith

The Official Opening of the Display

Saturday, 12th October, 2013, was Open Day at Kingsley College. One of the important events incorporated in this day was the Official Opening of the Clifford Wilson Archaeology Display.

The Principal of Kingsley College, the Rev. Kevin Brown, spoke about the Clifford Wilson Display and opened it in it's new permanent home. He told us that originally it had been housed in the Melbourne College of Theology, but had been kept in storage since that College had moved its campus some time ago, so it was especially good that it now has a permanent home.

In the photograph above, the present Principal, the Rev. Kevin Brown, is shown shaking hands with the Rev. Dr. David Wilson, a past Principal of Kingsley College and son of the Rev. Dr. Clifford Wilson.

Rev. Dr. Clifford Wilson's Extensive Display

Dr. Cliff Wilson's Archaeology Display now has a permanent home at Kingsley College in Melbourne. It is excellent, well set out, and well worth a visit.

The Display is extensive and covers information and archaeological finds from Old Testament times right through to the life and work of Jesus and His Apostles.

The Display begins with finds from Ur and includes interesting information about Abraham.

Some of the information posters and the contents of protective glass-covered display cases are shown in the photographs below.

Finds from Ur
Finds from Ur | Source
From Ur
From Ur | Source
More Than Abraham
More Than Abraham | Source
Assyria | Source
Moabite Stone, Rebellion of Mesha, King of Moab (see ii Kings 1.1 and 3.5
Moabite Stone, Rebellion of Mesha, King of Moab (see ii Kings 1.1 and 3.5 | Source

The Life of Jesus

The Display continues on with information and artefacts from the time of Jesus, encompassing His birth in Bethlehem and the flight into Egypt. Egypt had been a place where the children of Israel had been taken to live as slaves and where they had fled from, led by Moses. Now Jesus' parents fled to Egypt with Him for safety.

The people of Egypt worshipped many gods and the small child Jesus and his parents must have found it very strange. However, it was in Egypt that one of the first Christian churches, the Coptic Church, is said to have been founded around 42 A.D. by St. Mark, one of Christ's Apostles, doctor and author of the third Gospel of the New Testament. Mark's Gospel was written for Theophilus, a Jew who was living in Alexandria. The Coptic Church is now the largest Christian church in Egypt and the Middle East.

The Birth of Jesus
The Birth of Jesus | Source
Egypt | Source
Egypt | Source

Jesus' Ministry, Death and Resurrection

Clifford Wilson's Archeology Display continues with the life of Jesus, His ministry on earth, His crucifixion, death and resurrection.

Jesus in Capernaum
Jesus in Capernaum | Source
The Crucifixion
The Crucifixion | Source
The Burial
The Burial | Source
The Resurrection
The Resurrection | Source

St Paul

The Display includes the life and ministry of St. Paul, who had been studying in Jerusalem under Gamaliel and became violently opposed to the new Christian faith, not long after Jesus' death, encouraging the stoning of Stephen.

In a miraculous event, he was chosen by God to be one of the Apostles and his life was turned right around. He became a most faithful Christian and missionary and was himself eventually martyred. Because of his letters to a number of the churches he founded, he became the most prolific contributor to the books of the New Testament.

Paul | Source
Paul | Source

St. John, the Apostle

St. John lived out the last of his life on the Island of Patmos and information from archeological digs there has been included in the Display.

John on Patmos
John on Patmos | Source

The Fall of Jerusalem

The Display includes information and artefacts from the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and the Temple Mount.

The Fall of Jerusalem
The Fall of Jerusalem | Source
The Sacred Mount
The Sacred Mount | Source

Fossilised Wrench

Dr. Wilson's Display includes a fossilised wrench found on a wreck off the coast of Queensland, Australia. He cites it as showing that fossilisation can take place in an extremely short space of time if the conditions are right and not necessarily the result of millions or even of thousands of years.

Modern Fossils
Modern Fossils | Source


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      LadyFiddler: Thank you. I'm afraid I'm not writing here as much as usual - I'm trying to finish a book and time keeps running away!

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      My my you never cease to amaze me with your travels and adventures, interesting pictures :) have a lovely night.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: It is so interesting, there's always so much more that we can learn about. Bless you, too.

      Frank Atanacio: It's a pleasure to share. Cliff did so much in such diverse fields, that I hope someone writes a biography one of these days.

      Eiddwen: It is interesting, but the photos are not up to your standard! Thank you, dear Eddy, for the vote.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So very interesting indeed Blossom , voted up plus shared.


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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      this guide through this man's work is entertaining and educational Blossoms thank you for sharuing this with us :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you for highlighting this man's personal works and faith. I enjoy hearing about past artifacts and their history. Blessings.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      kidscrafts: Yes, he was amazing, all the things that he did in one life-time. He was a friend, but I did not know half of it until he had gone.

      Genna East: I find all those things so fascinating, too. There is so much we can learn from them.

      Pollyannalana: Yes, I was at the opening. The Coptic Church and all Christians in Egypt are having a very difficult time and do need our prayers.

      Faith Reaper: He did live for God, but he didn't live with his head in the clouds. He was such an interesting person.

      tillsontitan: Thank you so much for your comments. It was an honour to know Cliff as a friend. He had so much knowledge on so many different topics, including those related to the Bible and ancient times.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Really amazing. Not only a life of true dedication but the finds he made are astounding. To think that artifacts that old could still be found, and for all to be related to Biblical times and happenings.

      Your pictures are masterful making this a joy to read.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      What a fascinating life Rev. Dr. Wilson lived for God! Thank you for taking us along once again on your many travels and sharing these amazing displays with us all here! Excellent photos.

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

      So you were there Blossom and saw all this? That must have been so exciting and I will certainly pray for the Coptic Church there in Egypt for what it surely faces. Thank you so much for bringing this to us! ^

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Artifacts reveal so much to us in modern times…especially those that cover the Old Testament through the life of Jesus and his apostles. What is interesting is how they sought to record or mark events during those times, such as the Moabite Stone. This is an interesting hub about a remarkable man, Blossom.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub, Blossom! Thank you for presenting Rev. Dr. Clifford Wilson and his archeology display! He certainly had an interesting life! Thank you for sharing!


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