The center offers replicas of life in Israel during biblical times. Visitors can walk through tombs like the one Jesus lay in, see what a Jerusalem city gate looked like, and learn about the cultures of pagans, Christians and Jews.
The center's garden features some plants and trees mentioned in the Bible, including fig, pomegranate, ficus and almond.
Through Saturday, a shepherd's world will be portrayed in an exhibit called The Good Shepherd. All the trappings are there; a goat's-hair tent and a temporary sheepfold to corral the animals are near a "desert" oasis.
Visitors can eat like shepherds by making bread on a campfire.
For $30, you can eat a period meal, while reclining around low tables. The meal consists of four courses -- soup, salad, main course, dessert -- and includes a beverage of grape juice, wine or water.
A sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. Easter Sunday in the center's Scripture Garden.
-- Lisa Kaylor, staff writer