MembersWhy Jesus Got Left Out of the Museum of the Jewish People

When the museum director refused to give a straight answer, we turned to an Arab Christian tour guide who loves Israel, but was angered by the omission

By David Lazarus | | Topics: Jesus
The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv is a very polished affair, but it's missing some key components of Jewish history.
The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv is a very polished affair, but it's missing some key components of Jewish history. Photo: Miriam Alster/FLASH90

When Ruby Azraq, a Christian Arab from the Old City of Jerusalem, together with her fellow guides completed an extensive tour with lectures through the new Museum of the Jewish People (ANU), she could not help noticing: Jesus was nowhere to be found.

How is it, she wondered, that a new museum on the campus of Tel Aviv University dedicated to the History of the Jewish People, a project that took over ten years to build with 72,000 square feet across four wings spanning three floors at a cost of $100 million dollars, makes no mention of Jesus?

It didn’t make sense to this young woman born in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. At the final lecture, she confronted the Museum Director. “How is it that the most important Jew in history has no place in a museum dedicated to the Jewish People,” she challenged in front of the large group of mostly Jewish Israeli tour guides and museum officials.

“You mentioned the false messiah...

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