Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The DSS are on lockdown too.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are in self-isolation — but they mean more than ever (Naomi Zeveloff, The Forward).
The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include some of the earliest biblical texts, are considered the most significant archaeological find of the 20th century. [Curator Hagit] Maoz is one of the people charged with their safekeeping. Yet when I asked if the coronavirus had spurred fears over their fate — as her dream seemed to suggest — she brushed my question away. She knows exactly where the museum’s scrolls are: behind five locked doors in a humidity and temperature-controlled vault at the Shrine of the Book. She put them there herself.
Good. I'm glad the scrolls in the Israel Museum are safe.

What about the ones in the Rockefeller Museum? I assume they are locked away too, but I can't find any specific information on its website or elsewhere. Does anyone know anything?

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