Dead Sea Scrolls coming to Pa

Looking for a unique Christmas gift for the curious worshiper in your home? How about tickets to see the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Franklin Institute and Discovery Times Square in Philadelphia in May?

Organizers say the new exhibition features the most comprehensive collection of ancient artifacts from Israel ever organized — including one of the largest collections of the priceless 2000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls ever displayed in the North America. Included is an actual 3-ton stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

The exhibition, which marks the world debut of four scrolls, will be at The Franklin Institute for five months. The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and unearthed in caves on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea from 1947-1956.

Considered among the world’s greatest archeological discoveries, the Scrolls contain the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible. The 20-scroll exhibition (10 scrolls displayed at a time) will include pieces from the biblical books of Genesis, Psalms, Exodus, Isaiah, and others.

The artifacts and Scrolls combine to provide an intriguing look at one of the most influential periods in history — including the emergence of ancient Israel and the births of Judaism and Christianity in the Holy Land.

Other objects on display will include remains of religious articles, weapons of war, stone carvings, textiles and beautiful mosaics along with everyday household items such as jewelry and ceramics.

Tickets to The Franklin Institute are $31.50 for adults and $25 for children ages 3-11. Purchase tickets here, or call Call 1-877-TFI-TIXS.

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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One Response to Dead Sea Scrolls coming to Pa

  1. Skeptical says:

    For criticism of this exhibit, focused in part on statements offensive to Jews that are allegedly included in some of the explanatory material being presented to the public, you may wish to consult the various articles collected at the following site:

    http://open.salon.com/blog/dead_sea_scrolls_nyc/2012/04/06/dead_sea_scrolls_exhibit_controversy_moves_to_philadelphia

    http://open.salon.com/blog/dead_sea_scrolls_nyc/2012/01/10/discovery_times_square_scrolls_exhibit_gets_more_bad_reviews

    etc.

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