Perhaps no time and place has had greater
influence on human history than Judea in the
period between the rise of the Herodian dynasty
and the destruction of the second temple. This
era was witness to the birth of the Christian faith,
and to the dream of Jewish independence-- both
of which have survived through the centuries.
These two simple objects, a lamp and a coin,
were in everyday use during that exciting age.
The coin reminds us of mankind's determination
to live free from all oppression; the lamp is a
symbol of hope against darkness. Together, they
provide an inspiring testament to the ongoing
strength of the human spirit.