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June 27, 2007

Dead Sea Scrolls make special appearance

If you live in the San Diego area or will be visiting there in the next six months, you can see fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls thanks to a special exhibit. From the L.A. Times:

The scrolls, many of them pieced together like puzzles from fragments and tatters, contain the oldest known biblical writings — among them a text of the Ten Commandments that will be part of the six-month Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition that opens Friday at the San Diego Natural History Museum. It's billed as the largest and most comprehensive ever.

What you won't see is an explanation of the different views scholars hold on the origin of the scrolls and the nature of the community that preserved them. Exhibit designers decided the competing views would be too confusing to the general public. Better to give them one version and look credible than show controversy and look like no one knows what they're talking about. (I think that's why creation theory gets left out of the Smithsonian's exhibits, too. Okay, probably not.)

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Brian

A friend just read about this yesterday. I'm rounding up a group to drive down to see them soon hopefully!

Mita

We saw this exhibit in (of all places) Murfreesboro, Tn. It was wonderful and awe inspiring. To actually be just inches away from documents which are such an integral part of our faith/history... Wow. It was great. You will really enjoy it.

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