The Odyssey of Writing and the Bible!
What you'll discover
This tour is the third in a series of Virtual Bible Tours linked to the collections of the Louvre Museum.
Theme: The Odyssey of Writing and the Bible !
(Language of presentation: French)
Discovering the history of the Odyssey of Writing in the Louvre, being introduced to Cuneiform writing on clay tablets, such is the challenge we are taking up with you in order to bring the tangible where it is not expected! As you may have guessed, interactivity will be one of the main qualities of this presentation.
Where does our Odyssey begin?
In Mesopotamia, the cradle of writing, and then in Egypt, in the third millennium BC. We will follow step by step the invention and evolution of writing and its media through two formidable sections of the Louvre Museum: the Department of Oriental Antiquities and the Department of Egyptian Antiquities.
Why do we write?
In what forms?
How did writing develop?
Why and how did certain documents dating back several millennia come down to us?
What do they tell us about our history?
What do they tell us about the Bible?
The Bible has been equipped with the best assets to survive and deliver the message of its author, our creator, Jehovah God.
Once again, the objects and works of art in the Louvre will amaze and hopefully inspire you!
This virtual tour is for all the members of the family: from 7 to 107 years old!
Watch the short preparation video to equip yourself with the necessary tools to put yourself in the shoes of a Mesopotamian scribe.
Salt dough recipe for about 4 writing tablets.
● 300 ml flour
● 150 ml water
● 75 ml salt
If possible, add a mixture of dye ( yellow, red and blue) to obtain a brown clay-like shade.
Mix well until you have a smooth paste.
Do not hesitate to add water if the paste is not smooth enough, or flour if it is too liquid.
Keeps very well for several days in a box in the refrigerator.
Stylus or Calamus
As shown in the photo below, make sure that the chopstick that will be used as a calamus or stylus is square at one end. This will allow you to try your hand at cuneiform writing (if the chopstick only has round ends, it will not allow you to write in cuneiform).
Virtual tours are presented via Zoom.
The Zoom meeting ID and access code will be emailed to you as soon as the booking process is completed..
What you need to know:
- You do not need a Zoom account to join the Virtual Bible Tour.
- Please join the Zoom meeting using your Name & City/Country, to identify yourself. Make sure to connect with the camera on and join the audio.
- Do not share the meeting codes with anyone, unless they are part of the group that you booked for online.
- No picture, audio or video recording of the tour is permitted.
- Join the meeting 10 minutes minimum before your tour is scheduled to begin.
- If you want to participate during the Tour when opportunities are given to you, please do use the raise your hand button and unmute your microphone. Remember to mute it back afterwards
- Some time will be left after the Tour to discuss with your guide. Thank you for keeping your microphone(s) on mute so as to avoid disturbing the tour.
- There is no dress code but as you are accustomed to, you will be seen by worldwide brotherhood.
Several guides are assigned to the tours, feel free to select them to see all available dates in the calendar displayed on this page.
When only special full time servants* are part of the group, to benefit from the 40% discount please input the coupon reference: VTSFTS, so that the rate will be adjusted automatically (-2€).
From 25 adult participants, it is possible to organize virtual tours for private groups. Go to the Group page to find room for your group.
If needed click on “CONTACT” to email us. You will be contacted shortly.
From 50 adult participants, a 20% discount will be applied automatically. 2 places are also offered to the group leader and the person of his choice (-8€).