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The Dead Sea Scrolls Come to America
The National Catholic Register ^ | 7/14/12 | Thomas L. McDonald

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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1 posted on 07/22/2012 12:03:48 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

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.


2 posted on 07/22/2012 12:23:03 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: marshmallow

They are in Dallas now.

http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/headlines/20120705-dead-sea-scrolls-the-bible-exhibit-brings-rare-treasures-to-dallas.ece


3 posted on 07/22/2012 12:52:09 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Very cool, thanks! They’ll be in Dallas until January.


4 posted on 07/22/2012 1:15:26 PM PDT by bgill
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To: marshmallow
I saw a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Natural History in early December 2007. I had traveled there as that was where my cruise was departing from. Here's a link to the exhibit I saw:

Dead Sea Scrolls - San Diego - 2007

5 posted on 07/22/2012 1:39:14 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: marshmallow

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.


6 posted on 07/22/2012 1:46:21 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: marshmallow

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.


7 posted on 07/22/2012 7:25:53 PM PDT by left that other site
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