Monday, April 30, 2012

More on the DSS in Philly

THE PHILADELPHIA EXHIBITION of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which starts next month, is covered in detail in the Jewish Exponent:
And So It Is Written

April 25, 2012 - Robert Leiter, Jewish Exponent Staff

Risa Levitt Kohn always gets a kick out of people telling her they've seen the Dead Sea Scrolls.

What these folks mean, the professor of Hebrew Bible and Judaism at San Diego State University said, is that they've been to Jerusalem and visited the Shrine of the Book adjacent to the Israel Museum.

But even the well-visited Shrine has only seven scrolls, she explained, whereas the collection of the Israel Antiquities Authority numbers 900 manuscripts, which together have been described as the most significant antiquities discovery of the 20th century.

A whole new series of scrolls will fill "The Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times," when is opens at the Franklin Institute on May 12.

The exhibit will feature the largest collection of the 2,000-year-old manuscripts ever assembled in North America, including never-before-seen scrolls, according to Levitt Kohn, who co-curated the exhibit with the Antiquities Authority's Debora Ben Ami.

Background here and links.