Experience an authentic meal as it might have been in bible times at the Explorations in Antiquity Center. Along with food and drink common to the culture of the ancient Middle East, mealtime here includes healthy servings of scriptural interpretations as they relate to the Passover Meal and the Last Supper.
The Bible Meal Presentation
A popular experience at The Explorations in Antiquity Center, the biblical meal presentation features a four-course lunch or dinner with beverage (grape juice, water, and/or wine) and 15 food items, including unleavened bread, fruits and sweets. While diners partake, a meal facilitator shares information about the various food items and Passover customs common when Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples.
The Biblical Meal Setting
To add to the authenticity, meals are served in a biblical meal room replicated to look like actual rooms from biblical times; each room is designed to accommodate up to 50 guests. The Jerusalem Biblical Meal Rom is patterned after a meal room discovered a Pompeii. The Mount Zion Biblical Meal Room is a replica of one discovered at Herculeum. Both of these ancient cities were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C. E. and each offers an example of First Century culture.
Biblical Meal Format
Leaders of church groups may request the meal be presented as much like the Last Supper as possible. Contrary to artists’ renderings that show Jesus and the disciples seated at a table with Jesus at the center, the group more likely shared a reclining meal, as was the custom in that day and time. Whether or not you choose to recline, your meal facilitator will share with you the likely seating arrangement at the Last Supper while you dine on foods commonly enjoyed during that era.
Reservations for your Bible Times Meal
This one-and-a-half hour, information-packed presentation costs $30 (including tax) per adult and $18 per child ages 4-12. Children 3 years and younger are free. Prices include entrance to the Center with all of its archaeological displays and outdoor exhibits, plus an illustrated souvenir brochure about the Passover Meal and the Last Supper.
Reserve a mid-day meal or evening mealtime for your small group (minimum of 10, please) or large group (up to 140). Make reservations for the biblical meal by calling the Center at (706) 885-0363.