The elegant simplicity of a 1st-century Galilean stone dwelling or house of assembly inspired the design of this room. Stone benches patterned after those in the 2nd-3rd century synagogue of Capernaum provide student seating. The oak entrance door panels bear the Ten Commandments carved in Hebrew.
A scroll fragment in the rear case replicates the Dead Sea Isaiah Scroll segment which contains the prophesy "They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks...." Ancient wine jars flank the scroll.
ARCHITECT: Martin Chetlin
STYLE: 1st-century Israel Stone Structure
DEDICATED: November 1, 1987
Edited and modified 4/98 by Marie Mazzocco
Sound clips edited by John Rehbun and Carl Kuzmich from the Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education (CIDDE) at the University of Pittsburgh