Monday, October 15, 2007

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS COME TO SAN DIEGO as the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition there undegoes a rotation:
Ten Commandments fragment already on display at museum
By Sandi Dolbee

October 12, 2007

BALBOA PARK – Visitors to the San Diego Natural History Museum's Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition got a surprise treat this week: the oldest known copy of the Ten Commandments.

“I am just in awe,” said Mildred Hill, 81, of Carlsbad, as she stood beside the exhibit yesterday morning. Under glass was a 2,000-year-old fragment written in Hebrew from the biblical book of Deuteronomy.

“I knew they were coming, but I didn't know if we were going to get lucky – and we were,” Hill said.

Billboards advertise the second set of scroll fragments that include the Ten Commandments as going on display next week at the Balboa Park museum. But the items from Israel were swapped a week ago.