Monday, 16 October 2017

The Hulda Gates

In preparation for a visit next week by 40 Korean church leaders, the model has recently been updated with the final piece, the colonnade which marked the outer limit of Solomon's Temple platform.

The two flights of steps coming up from the subway under the Royal Stoa, to the south, now lead directly to the Hulda Gates. One is seen in the foreground in the photo below, the other gate is further left, towards the west.

A 40-minute on-screen presentation, in Korean, will give the visitors an overview of all four temples mentioned in the Bible, including the final one described by the prophet Ezekiel..

We are experimenting with suspending a projection screen above and behind the model, so in future visitors will be able to use a keyboard to select an individual building and see a picture of what was inside. We also aim to present an audio commentary to accompany these illustrations.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Face lift

The exterior of the Emmaus Road Show's main exhibition vehicle, currently based near Nuneaton, has just been repainted. This is in preparation for the autumn/winter season of local bookings.

While located near Nuneaton, Bible Ventures works in partnership with YWAM. School and church groups visit their campus for half-day multimedia Bible-exploring sessions. This air-conditioned trailer houses a state-of-the-art 3D video theatre, a suite of interactive computers and a large scale model of First Century Jerusalem. Equipment is removed for safe keeping when not in use.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Booking at The Bridge

The new model of Herod's Temple and accompanying big screen presentation are booked to be displayed at The Bridge Fellowship in north London, for 15-17 December, the weekend just before Christmas this year.

Details will be available from The Bridge website in due course. No tickets necessary, but it may be advisable to check visitor arrangements in advance.

Meanwhile, finishing touches are being made to the model with the addition of the inner ring of porches which marked the extent of the outer limits of Solomon's Temple.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Leaflets Available

Leaflets introducing the new Herod's Temple model are now available, together with booking details for church groups wishing to display the model. Additional exhibits are available for venues which can host school groups (KS2).

By prior arrangement the model can be viewed by groups of a dozen or more in the Education Room at Moggerhanger Park House near Bedford.

Please visit for further information.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Lighting up time

Various lighting systems are used to illuminate the sanctuary and inner courts of the model temple. To create the effect of burning oil lamps, flickering warm-white LED bulbs were fitted, resulting in a subdued night-time scene. To produce the much brighter daylight appearance, ribbons of LEDs were fixed in recessed areas, out of the direct line of sight of viewers.

In the four tall lampstands tiny LEDs from a model railway supplier were used, supplied pre-wired. The fine insulated wires were sandwiched between two 3D-printed shapes which form each four-branched menorah. The fa├žade of the sanctuary is floodlit by a single LED mounted above and behind the central bronze Nikanor Gate.

These lighting settings are one of the main features of this model. As well as enhancing the overall panorama, they allow the guide to highlight individual areas as they are being described. So that all these lighting effects are maximised, the model is usually displayed surrounded by high black drapes. This backdrop also enhances the lifelike smoking-fire effect on the altar.

Below: Early stages of installing the ribbon of LEDs to produce the daytime lighting appearance.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

St Albans Presentation

The new model of Herod's Temple was displayed at Marshalswick Baptist Free Church in St Albans on Wednesday 22 February 2017. Approximately 70 people attended including 20 overseas students living nearby.

The event included a guided tour of the model, followed by an hour-long talk illustrated on a 14ft wide projection screen, introducing all four Jerusalem temples mentioned in the Bible.

The model's new audio system was installed just hours before visitors arrived, so they were able to listen to sound effects and several of the languages which would have been spoken within the courts of the temple.