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Dead Sea Scrolls- A Rare Opportunity to Get a Glimpse of the Past

Written By: Jim Swanson  |  Posted: Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Until October 24th of this year, many have the rare opportunity to actually view portions of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. (ssm.org) The Dead Sea manuscript discoveries have been famous for over fifty years. Now, instead of only reading about them, visitors in the area can actually view artifacts from this region of Israel and portions of the writings themselves. Until their discovery, the most ancient copy of Isaiah was c. AD 1000. The famous DSS Isaiah is nearly intact and today is housed, along with over 200 other fragments, in Jerusalem at the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum.

The DSS adventure began in the spring of 1947 when a Bedouin youth, searching the cliffs along the Dead Sea for a lost goat, threw a rock into a cave. Instead of his goat, he heard the sound of pottery breaking. By accident, he had discovered the Isaiah scroll! The lad took the scroll and six others and hung them on the family tent, but his mother ordered him to "get rid of the stinky things." Since fake scrolls are common, few paid much attention to them. But finally after being passed around to several people, the finds caught the attention of the American School of Oriental Research.

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