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The Holy Land Experience: Qumran Cave Presentations

 

Rating: * * *
Type: Walk-through exhibit and communion
Time: 15 minutes
Short Take: Worth a quiet moment

The real Qumran caves are where a trove of ancient biblical texts belonging to the Essenes (an ascetic sect of Jews who were Jesus's contemporaries) was discovered in 1947. Here, they are an imposing facade that conceals two unrelated experiences, each with its own entrance. "The Tiny Town of Bethlehem" is a detailed model of the manger site, sculpted in Italy from soapstone; it's followed by a replica of the Church of the Nativity birthplace shrine. "Holy Communion with Jesus" is a Last Supper nosh of matzoh crackers and grape juice (served in a complementary wooden thimble) held a dozen times daily in a richly decorated chamber.

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