Perhaps the most surreal thing to do at the Museum is to walk into the main gallery in the early hours of the morning, sit in the middle of the room in silence, and simply listen. We often tell students who visit us in group tours that when you walk into that room and listen, you will hear the voices of nearly 5,000 years of people speaking to you simultaneously; telling their stories through time. Perhaps even more astounding is the knowledge that each one of these stories you hear echo the voices of those who speak the Word of God in the Bible, telling us that these are the words of truth. In this room, history, archaeology, and faith converge through the voices of the people who were there; and that is an almost magical experience made possible by two factors: one, by the artifacts – the works of art, the tools, and the things they left behind and second, perhaps most essentially, by the words they wrote. Surely writing is the most significant invention in the history of mankind: but as important as writing is to history, it is vital to our faith.
According to archaeologists, writing was invented in the area of modern Iraq, near the coast of the Persian Gulf at some point before 3,000B.C. (Finkel, 31). Continue reading