The library at Pergamum

Some Footsteps of Paul tours will visit the remains of an important Library during our visit to one of the Seven Churches of Revelation – Pergamum. At one time the museum held 200,000 papyrus scrolls. It competed with Alexandria, Egypt for the greatest of museums. As a matter of fact, it was Mark Antony who gifted much of the museum to Cleopatra the bulk of the treasured scrolls for the museum at Alexandria in Egypt. This was a wedding gift to her in the year 48AD. All of the treasure was burned in the fire of the great museum at Alexandria. It is believed that the museum at Pergamum very well may have contained Old Testament texts as well that were lost at Alexandria.

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