Skip to comments.The Dead Sea Scrolls Come to America
Posted on 07/22/2012 12:03:45 PM PDT by marshmallow
July 15 issue feature: Large Exhibit Tours in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA A small selection of the Dead Sea Scrolls is touring America, supported by the largest set of Holy Land artifacts ever to travel outside of Israel. Following a successful run in New York, the touring exhibit, called "Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times," will be at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia until October. Its next stop has not yet been determined.
At the heart of the exhibit: 20 pieces from texts discovered in caves overlooking the Dead Sea. In 1946 (or possibly 1947), a Bedouin shepherd threw a rock into a cave and heard something smash. He was disappointed to find crumbling scrolls, along with some of the pottery in which they had been stored, rather than treasure, but the scrolls themselves would prove to be one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century.
By 1956, 11 more caves were discovered and explored, resulting in the recovery of more than 100,000 fragments from 900-plus different documents. Catholics were involved in the process from early on, with Dominican Father Roland de Vaux leading the project and heading up the excavation of the nearby settlement of Qumran. It was Father de Vaux who made the link between the scrolls, Qumran and a community of ascetic Jews called the Essenes.
Described by Josephus, Philo and Pliny the Elder, the Essenes were a Jewish sect that flourished perhaps as early as 200 years before the birth of Christ and seemed to have faded away following the Jewish Revolt. At some point, most likely during the uprising against Rome, the scrolls were secreted away in the caves for protection, and when the community was lost, they were forgotten until their discovery 1,900 years later. (Although this is the dominant.............
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I would be interested in seeing this, if it come to a city close by. I went to the King Tut exhibit when it was in New Orleans in August 1977. It was a great experience. Walking into the darkened room that held the Golden mask that was lighted by spot lighting was breathtaking.
They are in Dallas now.
Very cool, thanks! They’ll be in Dallas until January.
Price of adult admission to the exhibit is $31 bucks? I better start saving up my pennies now on the off-chance this exhibit makes it out to Phoenix.
I have seen them in Jerusalem. They are housed in a lovely museum called “The Shrine of the Book”.
It was a life-changing experience.