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Largest exhibition of Dead Sea Scrolls outside of Israel comes to LA




"Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition," currently at the California Science Center, is the largest Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition ever mounted outside of Israel, featuring over 600 ancient artifacts on display.
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"Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition" explores the science and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, manuscripts written and hidden in caves 2000 years ago and not discovered until 1947. The exhibition also features sections from 10 selections of the Dead Sea Scrolls, more than half never seen before in the U.S., including parts of the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament.
Darryl Moran/The Franklin Institute
"Lamentations," from the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library
Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, Israel Antiquities Authority, photographer: Shai Halevi
"Tobit," from the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library
Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, Israel Antiquities Authority, photographer: Shai Halevi


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The Dead Sea Scrolls were written 2,000 years ago, rolled up in clay jars and hidden in caves. The discovery of the scrolls, the world's oldest known biblical manuscripts, is considered one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th Century. And they're now on display right here in Los Angeles.

"Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition" is the largest display of the Dead Sea Scrolls outside of Israel. The exhibition also features more than 600 artifacts, including ancient pottery, jewelry, weapons and a three-ton stone from Jerusalem's Western Wall. 

David Bibas, Curator of Technology Programs at the California Science Center, joined Take Two for a preview of "Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition." To hear the full interview, click the link above.