Last chance to see the first rotation of 10 Dead Sea Scrolls at Cincinnati Museum Center

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January 15, 2013

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Last chance to see the first rotation of ten Dead Sea Scrolls at Cincinnati Museum Center

See the current scrolls through Jan. 23

CINCINNATI – Don’t miss your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the original handwritten texts that shaped western culture and gave rise to Judaism, Christianity and Islam at Cincinnati Museum Center’s blockbuster exhibition, Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times.

From Jan. 24 through Jan. 28, the first set of ten scrolls, including Genesis; Numbers; Samuel and Psalms among others, will be rotated out and a brand new set will be on display until the exhibit’s last day on April 14.

Because of the fragility of the scrolls, they may only be on display for three months at a time before they must “rest” in complete darkness for one year. The new rotation includes scrolls of Deuteronomy, Psalms, Isaiah Commentary, Book of War, Aramaic Levi, Pseudo-Ezekiel, Apocryphal Lamentations, Papyrus Bar, Community Rule and Leviticus/Numbers.

The scrolls are on display in a 25-foot-diameter Communal Scroll Table which protects the scrolls and is the main showpiece of the exhibition. The table contains ten individual display chambers, one for each scroll, along with the full English translation, a large high-resolution image and a full explanation of each scroll’s religious and historical significance.

Beginning Jan. 20, the exhibition is open daily at 10 a.m. Last entry on Monday through Thursday is 5 p.m. Extended hours on Friday and Saturday with the last entry at 8 p.m., and Sunday until 6 p.m. We’re also open late (last entry at 8 p.m.) on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times is created by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) from the collections of the Israel National Treasures and produced by Discovery Times Square and The Franklin Institute. Local community partners include Presenting Sponsor: The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, and Associate Sponsors: the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the Diocese of Southern Ohio, SC Ministry Foundation, Office of the Provost, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University, among others. Special Exhibit Partner: Hebrew Union College.

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