Monday, May 12, 2003


Dead Sea Scrolls coming to capital
Exhibition starts in December at Museum of Civilization

Paul Gessell
The Ottawa Citizen

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Portions of three of the first Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1947 east of Jerusalem are coming to the Canadian Museum of Civilization in December along with 100 ancient Israeli-area artifacts, including an ivory carving from King Solomon's temple.

The scroll fragments and other artifacts will first be exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Archeology and History at Point-�-Calli�re in the Old Port area of Montreal from June 17 to Nov. 2 and then move to the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau from Dec. 5 until April 12 next year.

Two of the three scrolls have never been exhibited outside Israel before, Stephen Inglis, the Gatineau museum's director of research, said in an interview yesterday.

Those two are: the War of the Sons of Light with the Sons of Darkness (otherwise known as the War Scroll) and the Isaiah B. scroll. The third one, the Community Rule scroll, has not left Israel since 1954, when it was purchased from an American collector.


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