ROME The Vatican and Rome’s Jewish museum will jointly host an unparalleled exhibition on the menorah, the ancient symbol of Judaism, and consider to set to relaxation legends on the destiny of one candelabra missing for fifteen generations.
The Could fifteen-July 23 exhibition, which Vatican and Jewish officials introduced on Monday, will be held concurrently in St. Peter’s Sq. and in the Rome synagogue complex.
It will incorporate about a hundred thirty menorah or depictions of them in paintings, ancient gravestones and sculptures, and medieval and Renaissance illustrations and manuscripts.
Almost 20 earth museums, which includes the Louvre and London’s Nationwide Gallery, have contributed parts.
“It will be substantial from both equally the spiritual as effectively as the historic aspects,” explained Barbara Jatta, who final thirty day period grew to become the initial female to head the Vatican Museums.
But the absolute star of the clearly show – the reliable gold menorah taken as a trophy by the Romans when they wrecked the temple in Jerusalem in the calendar year 70 Advert, won’t be there. Its destiny has been a thriller for 1,500 a long time and the temple vessel has develop into the stuff of legends.
Jerusalem and its temple was wrecked by Titus, a Roman standard who grew to become emperor nine a long time afterwards. A relief on his victory arch in Rome, which nevertheless stands, displays the Jerusalem menorah and other war trophies remaining carried in a parade.
Most historians imagine the Jerusalem menorah was lost in the Vandal’s Sack of Rome in 455. But legends have persisted that it was thrown in the Tiber River and is nevertheless there, that it was buried in a cave or that it is hidden in the Vatican.
“A whole lot of folks will be dissatisfied to find that these urban legends are not legitimate,” explained Rome’s chief Rabbi Ricardo Di Segni.
On the other hand, the exhibition will include what may possibly be the subsequent very best matter – the Magdala Stone. It was observed in 2009 in an archaeological dig that uncovered an ancient synagogue on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in Israel.
It displays a 7-branched menorah, very similar to the one depicted on the Arch of Titus in Rome, and is considered to have been carved by an artist who saw the missing Jerusalem menorah in the temple prior to the Roman’s wrecked it.
Catholic and Jewish officials explained the exhibition, referred to as Menorah – Cult, Historical past and Myth, was a different sign of radically enhanced inter-spiritual relations due to the fact 1965, when the Next Vatican Council repudiated the thought of collective Jewish guilt for the dying of Jesus.
(Reporting By Philip Pullella Editing by Janet Lawrence)