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

MBSW 2009: Share the vision – become part of the team!

Friends & Colleagues:

Many of you are aware that despite my retirement this year from the administration of Cal State Fullerton, I have still continued to teach history courses at both Cal State Fullerton, Irvine Campus and at Biola University. My love of teaching and for the learning student has been the impetus for directing my time & efforts this way (plus I stay out of my wife’s way during the day).

Along with teaching, my other interest over the years has been biblical studies, in scholarship, translation and teaching. This has led me to begin the development of a plan for a vision I’ve had for many years – The Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings. A group of colleagues and I have begun this project in Irvine, down the street from the entrance of the Orange County Great Park on the former El Toro Marine Base.

The Museum’s historical scope of sacred writings will be from the beginning of writing through various ancient religious systems, including those of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The Museum will include:

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

As you can see from the architectural sketches, plans are under way to locate the Museum Building on 4½ acres near the entrance of the Great Park. Interested donors have contributed about $40,000 during 2008 to make possible the set-up of offices, initial planning, and part-time staff to help the Museum become a reality. This 25 million dollar building project (land and facilities) will be in the midst of other educational institutions as a part of the Great Parks Neighborhoods Academy Learning Village.

During the year of 2009 we have set an annual budget of $150,000 to continue the development of the fund raising program and the architectural plans for the Museum. We need your help to meet our $150,000 goal. Would you consider a gift toward helping the Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings become a reality?

Many thanks,

George Giacumakis

Director

To make a donation to the Museum, please make out your check to “MBSW” and send it to:

MBSW

PO Box 333

E.Irvine, CA 92650

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

READY AT AN OPPORTUNE TIME

Dr. George just returned from the meeting of the Board of Directors, International Christian Embassay in Jerusalem, and submitted this report –

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
USA Board of Directors & Advisory Board Meetings
Murfreesboro (Nashville area), TN
June 19-20, 2008

As some of you are aware, I have had the privilege of working with the international board and the USA board of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem since 1980, when we lived in Israel while directing the American Institute of Holy Land Studies.  The purpose of the Embassy from its beginnings has been to support Israel and the Jewish people from a Christian perspective, through various means – ICEJ Aid (humanitarian outlets), immigration and government relations, international media, the annual international celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles during the fall (7,000 attended last October from about 80 countries), and biblical writing & teaching concerning Israel.  Today ICEJ branches in about 20 countries regularly support the Embassy and representatives in another 60 countries represent the Embassy in their countries.  Our USA offices are in Murfreesboro, TN and Washington, DC.

Last week I had the privilege of attending the USA branch annual meetings which we held at the huge campus of World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, TN.  Besides dealing with operations and finances of the ICEJ-USA, we were heavily involved with reports about events taking place in Israel and the USA, as well as discussing theological issues on the basis of working papers that were presented.  We also laid plans for various ICEJ meetings/seminars during 2008-2009 throughout the USA.

Key Reports:  Allow me to bring to your attention several reports: 

1) One important report is the mounting tension between Israel and Iran, with war preparations taking place within Israel for possible conflict even this summer (Israeli Air Force practicing over the eastern Mediterranean as an example).  The country is presently on war-footing at the same time that the Israeli government is negotiating with Syria, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Hamas, etc.  Only God knows how this will play out.

2) The second report is an exciting one in the very midst of tragedy.  As you are aware there has been civil war taking place within the African state of Sudan for several decades.  The conflicts tend to be between the Arab Muslim government in the north and the tribal peoples in the south, many of whom identify themselves as Christians.  Many thousands in the south have lost their lives in this attempted genocide by the northern government.  While the conflict is going on, there have been a number of humanitarian organizations attempting to assist in the human needs of the people of the south, including the United Nations and Samaritan’s Purse as examples.

As people have fled southern Sudan, thousands have fled into Egypt in the north and then made their way across the desert attempting to slip into southern Israel (illegally of course), for they desire the freedoms and economy of Israel.  About 2,000 of them have entered the country, with a number of the men placed in jails by the Israeli government.  The Israeli government was divided as to how to handle the situation, so it turned to the ICEJ and other non-government agencies for quick solutions.  The ICEJ moved quickly, raised $50,000 in a few days, and leased a hotel inside the Old City for many of the families to stay until ICEJ worked with the government for solutions.  Today many of these families have had their husbands/fathers taken out of jails and have been resettled throughout Israel with jobs to support their families, with the intent that they would go back to southern Sudan if and when a new Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) is successful in developing.  Negotiations are taking place at this very time with Israel and the UN to bring this about.  Again only God knows how this will play out. 

How good that the ICEJ was set up and able to move quickly in regard to the Sudanese Refugees – ready at an opportune time! 

George Giacumakis

June 23, 2008

A defining moment…

Welcome to an exciting new venture – the establishment of the Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings of the ancient world.  This museum, which will be located in Irvine, CA, will include related fields in the areas of historical and archaeological studies, museum presentations in biblical archaeology and ancient inscriptions, History On The Move Study Tours, and a learning center for students to experience hands-on activity with ancient archaeological artifacts.