Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times

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Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times, also known as Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition, is a travelling exhibition of artifacts from the ancient Kingdoms of Israel and Judah, including a select number of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The exhibition was created by the Israel Antiquities Authority with items from the Israel National Treasures Department, and is produced by Discovery Times Square and the Franklin Institute. The exhibition is the largest display of ancient Israeli artifacts ever displayed outside of Israel. It opened in 2011, and is expected to visit 10 ten cities across the United States.

Tour history[edit]

The exhibition first opened in New York City on October 28, 2011, under the title Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times.[1] It is curated by Dr. Risa Levitt Kohn of San Diego State University, and Debora Ben Ami of the Israel Antiquities Authority.[2] Head Media Designer Ari Novak - Oracle Film Group[3]

On display[edit]

The exhibition features twenty of the Dead Sea Scrolls, displayed ten at a time (including the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible). 600 artifacts from the ancient Kingdoms of Israel and Judah are also displayed, including a stone block from the Western Wall of Jerusalem's Temple Mount.[1]

Tour schedule[edit]

Venue Venue location Exhibition dates
Discovery Times Square New York City, New York October 28, 2011 – April 15, 2012
Franklin Institute Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 12, 2012 – October 14, 2012
Cincinnati Museum Center Cincinnati, Ohio November 16, 2012 – April 14, 2013
Museum of Science Boston, Massachusetts May 19, 2013 – October 20, 2013
The Leonardo[4] Salt Lake City, Utah November 22, 2013 – April 27, 2014
California Science Center Los Angeles, California March 10, 2015 – September 7, 2015


  1. ^ a b "Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times Exhibition to make world premiere at Discovery Times Square in October" (PDF) (Press release). New York: MWW Group. September 19, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Brings to Life the Greatest Archeological Discovery of the 20th Century Taking Visitors Back 2,000 Years" (Press release). Boston: Museum of Science, Boston. February 27, 2012. Archived from the original on May 3, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dead Sea Scrolls are among the Holy Land artifacts on display in new exhibit". Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  4. ^ Jackie Hicken (April 17, 2013). "Dead Sea Scrolls, other artifacts to be put on display at The Leonardo this fall". Deseret News. Retrieved April 25, 2013.