Swords into Plowshares, The Isaiah Scroll and Its Message of Peace
Closes September 16
Studying Art in the Museum
for adults and children at beginning and advanced levels
Secrets and Ties
Wondrous Connections in the Israel Museum Collections
The galleries in the main building are currently closed to the public
due to the comprehensive program of renewal at the Israel Museum.
Signs of Life: Animating Ticho House
Until September 26
The Shrine of the Book
Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period
Youth Wing
Campus Renewal Project

Civilizations of Canaan

The Late Canaanite (Bronze) Age 1,550–1,200 BCE

Through much of the late Canaanite (Bronze) Age (1,550–1,200 BCE) Canaan was subjected to Egyptian rule. The exhibits from this period include numerous imported luxury goods – made of pottery, metals, precious stones and ivory – from Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Syria, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia. These were found throughout the country in tombs, temples, and palaces. All this glitter once induced scholars to see the Late Bronze Age as a period of great prosperity. But there is another aspect to this period; the number of settlements decreased markedly and rural settlements are rare, indicating that a large section of the population had reverted to nomadism once again. It seems quite clear that while the elite class had access to wealth, and while international trade was extensive, the majority of the population was disenfranchised and poor. The maaterial evidence points to the influence of Egyptian rulers. The anthropomorphic coffins and exquisite jewelry and metal vessels from Deir el-Balah, an Egyptian settlement uncovered beneath the dunes of the Gaza Strip, are a prominent expression of Egyptian influence and presence in Canaan. By this stage the earliest Semitic alphabet had been invented, probably in Sinai (the origins of this alphabet are dealt with in the separate Pavilion of Hebrew Script and Inscriptions described below). Glass began to appear in larger quantities and in more complex forms. 

Archaeology Wing
Judaica and Jewish Ethnography
Art Wing
Youth Wing
Art Garden
Shrine of the Book
Ticho House
Rockefeller Museum
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