Clifford Wilson's Archaeology Display
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Fall of Jerusalem
The Display includes information and artefacts from the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and the Temple Mount.
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.