Dead Sea Scrolls set to the public to see for the first time in Denver

The preservation of the Scrolls at the Israel Antiquities Authority laboratory in Jerusalem.

(Photo: Shai Halevi, Israel Antiquities Authority)

Two manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are set to be on public display for the first time ever in Denver this week.

The roles will be among the 20 Dead Sea Scrolls, and a host of other artifacts from the Israel Antiquities Authority as part of an exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The major six-month exhibition will be opened on Friday.

A scroll, designated Tohorot (Purity), which deals with matters of ritual purity and impurity, will be displayed as part of a first round of 10 rolls. The ritual purity leaves, which dates from the late first century, B. C, is shown in public for the first time. After three months, the 10 rolls will be sent to Israel, to be replaced by another 10 rolls.


of a scroll with wisdom, designated Musar leMevin (Instruction to the one who Understands), will be shown under the second round of 10 rolls sent to Denver. The book also contains apocalyptic messages were at the end of the first century B. C. just As Tohorot, the scroll will also go on show for the first time.

Israel Antiquities Authority conservator Tatiana Treiger keeping of a fragment of the Tohorot go on public display for the first time at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. (Photo: Yoli Shwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)

The first Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in 1946 and 1947 in the Qumran caves in the Judean desert. Further roles were in the following years, until 1956. In total, 1,000 of old religious manuscripts were discovered. The delicate fragments of parchment and papyrus were preserved for 2000 years, thanks to the dark, dry conditions in the caves.

After going on display in Denver, the 20 rolls will be returned to the Israel Antiquities Authority, where they will be kept for at least five years in a climate controlled safe. The specialist facility reserves the reels by simulating the conditions of the caves where they were found.


The 600 artefacts at the show in Denver will also include a 3-ton stone from the Western Wall.

Earlier this year, experts in Israel announced that they had deciphered 60 obscure fragments of the Dead sea scrolls.

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