Street Address
1100 East Fifth Street
Anderson, IN 46016
Mailing Address
1100 East Fifth Street
Anderson, IN 46012
phone: 765-641-4526
e-mail: info@anderson.edu
web: anderson.edu/jeeninga-museum
Hours
Monday - Friday8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday & Sunday by appointment (please contact us)
The museum is located on the campus of Anderson University. It is located on the ground level of the School of Theology on the south side of University Boulevard in Anderson, Indiana, one-half mile west of St. Rd. 9.
Admissions
There is no admission fee for the Museum.
Free
Museum Type(s)
Services
Group Tours
Staff
David Neidert, Director
phone: 765-641-4132

Description

The Museum of Bible and Near Eastern Studies at Anderson University was established in 1963 by Dr. Jeeninga. The name of the museum was changed at the retirement of Dr. Jeeninga in 1992 to reflect his nearly thirty years of teaching and work in the areas of religious studies and archaeology.

The Museum’s holdings include original artifacts from many periods of the Ancient Near East. These artifacts come from the Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Babylonian, Assyrian and Israelite Periods. In addition to original artifacts, the Jeeninga Museum houses a number of replicas purchased from museums around the world. These replicas include the Siloam Inscription (Istanbul Museum), Hammurabi Law Code and Mesha Stele (Louvre), Shalmaneser’s Obelisk, Sennacherib’s Prism, and The Rosetta Stone (British Museum), and the Egyptian goddess, Selket (Cairo Museum).

Mission

The Jeeninga Museum seeks to involve the visitor in the learning process by presenting them with the context and history of the Ancient Near East as it relates to the Bible. The Museum seeks to explain and illustrate the Bible by providing a better understanding of biblical history, the context of the Ancient Near East, and religion in light of ongoing archaeological research.

History

Dr. Gustav Jeeninga was the founder and director of the Jeeninga Museum of Bible and Near Eastern Studies. After founding the museum, he served as its director from 1963 to 1992. Dr. Jeeninga began his career with Anderson University in 1960 as professor of Biblical Studies, teaching both Old Testament and Archaeology until his retirement in 1989. He also became the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. During his 29 year tenure as a professor at AU, Jeeninga participated in six major archaeological digs. His archaeological focus was at Caesarea Maritima, Tel-Rumeith (Israel), and other sites in Jordan and Cyprus.

Dr. Jeeninga began his academic career in 1947 at Anderson University. He started graduate work in 1951 at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He eventually studied archaeology at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago (1954) and completed his Doctor of Theology at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1960.

Dr. Jeeninga was also a world traveler. He traveled around the globe in 1952-53 by airplane, taxi, bus, and hitch-hiking. Dr. Jeeninga also took interest in Mesoamerican architecture and culture in his later tenure with Anderson University.

The Jeeninga Museum of Bible and Near Eastern Studies is an outgrowth of Dr. Jeeninga’s own personal collection, acquired as aids for teaching the Old Testament. His personal collection, located in his office, was moved to a case in the University Library before finding a permanent home in the School of Theology in 1963. Dr. Jeeninga was born in Treebeck, in the province of Limburg, the Netherlands, in 1924. He is the son of a Dutch coal miner and pioneer pastor of the Church of God (Anderson). In 1940, Germany occupied his homeland forcing him to serve Nazi Germany in Berlin. Dr. Jeeninga recounts these stories of Nazi Germany and other personal adventures in his book, “Doors to Life” (Anderson University Press, IN, 2002).

Publications

Museum donors and patrons are regularly updated through its newsletter, Illumination. For information on receiving this publication, contact the Museum Director, David Neidert.

    ADA

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Services

    Student Group Tours

    If your school, class, or church group is looking for an adventure, contact the museum at (765) 641-4526 for a guided tour. We welcome groups of all ages. The Museum provides some learning activities for children of reading age. The Museum is also handicap accessible.

    Group Tours