Reconstruction of Jewish House in Semetic Museum

The Houses of Ancient Israel: Domestic, Royal, Divine offers a view of life in an ancient Near Eastern agricultural society. The exhibit contains a full scale replica of an ancient Israelite home. The exhibit is arranged in terms of the buildings - the houses - associated with the different levels of that society: family dwelling, palace and temple.

circa 1200–586 BCE

This “House of the Father” was the basic unit of Israelite society through which the ancient Israelites organized their social, economic, and religious worlds.

circa 1200–586 BCE

This arrangement parallels the ancients' own view of their social organization as a three-tiered hierarchy of nested households, where each level of the hierarchy was contained within the next higher level.

circa 1200–586 BCE

The Harvard Semitic Museum, where the exhibit is located.

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