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Summer 2009 – Museum News

We wanted to bring you a monthly update on the happenings of the Museum OF Biblical & Sacred Writings.  Recently we met with real estate advisors and discussed the layout of the proposed building(s).  The architect is planning structures to include the different divisions below as well as office space for related organizations that may wish to lease space.

The Educational and Public Divisions of the Museum will be:

•    Museum of Ancient Near East Writings
•    Museum of the Bible
•    Museum of Biblical Archaeology
•    Museum of the Classical Greek World
•    Museum of the Roman & Byzantine World
•    Museum of Ancient Islamic Writings
•    Museum Learning Center
•    Museum Research Library
•    History On The Move Study Tours

Archaeology & Inscription Classes

This fall we will begin a series of classes for students to be introduced to the ancient world.  The Museum hands on archaeology classes for students of different ages that will be offered ($5.00 per participant) are:

•    Ancient Writings & Archaeology:  Opening the Ancient World (Elementary Level Students) – Friday, September 11, 2009, 1:00 – 2:15 PM, Cal State Fullerton – Irvine Campus, taught by Drs. James Rietveld & George Giacumakis.
•    Ancient Writings & Archaeology:  Opening the Ancient World (Secondary Level Students) – Friday, October 16, 2009, 1:00 – 2:15 PM, Cal state Fullerton, Irvine Campus, taught by Drs. James Rietveld and George Giacumakis.

•    Ancient Writings & Archaeology:  Opening the Ancient World (Adult Level Students) – Friday, November 13, 2009, 1:00 – 2:15 PM, Cal State Fullerton, Irvine Campus, taught by Drs. James Rietveld and George Giacumakis.

Special Museum Class

Introduction to Museum Studies (Adult Level Students) –
Mondays, September 21 & 28, October 5 & 12, 2009, 2:00 –
4:00 PM, Cal State Fullerton, Irvine Campus (October 12:
Southern California Museum Visits), taught by Orange County
Park Ranger and Museum Specialist Michael A. Miniaci. ($25.00 per

Call the Museum to make reservations if you and your students are interested in participating in any of the above classes.

Museum Fall Lecture Series

Writings of the Ancient World
Saturday, October 17, 2009, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Cal State
Fullerton, Irvine Campus.  Five specialists will discuss
various ancient inscriptions and their historical implications
about ancient history. (No cost to attend)

The Museum of Biblical & Sacred Writings is a federally & state approved 501 (C)3 non-profit organization.  We have hired several university students for the summer to begin the cataloging process of the hard copy and digital volumes of the Museum Research Library.  About 3,000 volumes have been donated to the Museum Library thus far.

Your financial contributions are greatly appreciated, for they help us to continue the development and growth of the Museum organization.

Help us keep developing by sending your contributions to:

Museum of Biblical & Sacred Writings

PO Box 333, E. Irvine, CA 92650

Thank you and Shalom!


Welcome to the Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings

The Museum of Biblical & Sacred Writings (MBSW) is a non-profit organization focusing in the following areas of study and research:


  •  A Research Center for Historical Studies
  • A Research Center for Archaeological Studies
  • A Museum of Biblical Archaeology
  • A Museum of Ancient Writings
  • A Learning Center for Ancient Writings
  • HistoryOnTheMove Study Tours


The Mission & Purpose of MBSW is to provide for a public museum, a research center for scholars, and an educational facility for students to pursue the study of ancient historical texts, archaeological artifacts and ancient writings.  MBSW sponsors archaeological research along with projects in the Mediterranean, Asian and African areas of the world.  We are currently developing a collection of artifacts and archaeological displays for public viewing.  These collections and inscriptions will aslo serve as the object of study by students of all educational levels through the Learning Center.

 With its focus on ancient biblical and sacred writings, MBSW sponsors lecture series throughout the year wherein scholars are invited to present their latest research on ancient inscriptions or other archaeological artifacts.

MBSW is in development of a user-friendly, public facility in Irvine’s Great Park which will contain space for these areas of display and study.  Permanent facilities will provide developmental space for:

  •  Display Rooms for archaeological artifacts and ancient historical documents, with accompanying work study, classroom & research areas.
  • Office space to engage in research projects sponsored by the MBSW.
  • Office space for HistoryOnTheMove Study Tours to every continent of the globe, with history specialists teaching along the way. 
  • Office space for organizing & funding archaeological digs, projects and programs.
  • Lecture series for invited scholars to present to the public the latest finds in regards to their research.
  • A Learning Center classroom/workroom for students to engage in hands-on learning with the use of ancient artifacts.
  • Office space for other MBSW related organizations.

Several suites have been leased in Building 1 (#7166) at 7290 Trabuco Canyon Road, Irvine, California 92618, (949) 786-0033 (former El Toro Marine Base in Irvine), Suite 117: Main Office.  During 2009 the following will take place through these temporary offices:

  •  Set up a Research Library for print and electronic resources.
  • Establish a series of historical & archaeological lectures.
  • Develop plans for a permanent museum facility.
  • Work closely with and submit plans to Lennar/LNR Properties & the City of Irvine.
  • A fundraising plan to be presented to interested individuals, foundations, investors and developers in order to bring MBSW to its larger and more permanent reality.

MBSW Board of Directors

Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings Board of Directors

2008 – 2009

1.  Mr. Al Farr – Founder, Time Traveler Seals

2.  Dr. George Giacumakis – Director Emeritus and Professor of History, Cal State University Fullerton, Irvine Campus

3.  Mr. Jim Griffith – President Wordsmith Publishing, Editor, Sacred History Magazine

4.  Mr. Ken Kemp – Co-director, History on the Move Study Tours

5.  Pastor Scott Moffatt – Professor of History, Fullerton College

6. Dr. Stuart Orr – President & CEO, Connect 2 Need Non – Profit Software Company

7. Dr. Rick Pullen – Dean of College of Communications, California State University, Fullerton

8. Mr. Paul Rood – Professor of History, Biola University

9. Dr. William P. Welty – Director, ISV Foundation

10. Mr. Michael A. Miniaci – Supervising Park Ranger: Harbors, Beaches & Parks, County of Orange, California

MBSW Advisory Board Members

The Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings Advisory Board

2008 – 2009

1.  Mr. Hershel Shanks – Founder & President, Biblical Archaeology Society

2.  Norma Kershaw – Renowned Archaeologist

3.  Dr. William Schniedewind – Kershaw Chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies, UCLA

4.  Mr. Wayne Herbst

5.  Ms. Pam Pedego

6. Dr. James Jeffers, California State University Dominguez Hills

Museum – Possible Location

The City of Irvine, the Great Park Conservancy, the Great Park Corporation, Lennar Corporation, & LNR Properties are planning and developing a large Orange County Great Park and Learning Village on what was the former El Toro Marine Base. This Great Park is being planned to have museums, a variety of outdoor meeting areas, canyons, parkland, water bodies, etc. The Learning Village is being developed by the Lennar Corporation, next to the Great Park, with various educational institutions, museums and a town center. This Learning Village is the potential future home of the Museum.

The Museum Building- as designed by Architect Bruce Spielbuehler