By Don Douloff, October 9, 2008
Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will present the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls ever assembled in Canada, beginning June 27, 2009 and running until Jan. 3, 2010.
A collaboration between the Israel Antiquities Authority and the ROM, the six-month exhibition will display 16 authentic scrolls, including fragments from the books of Genesis, Deuteronomy and Psalms, and the sectarian Community Rule, War Scroll and Messianic Apocalypse.
Five fragments, never before publicly displayed, are being conserved especially for the ROM. All scrolls will be presented with full interpretations, translations and background information.
Discovered between 1947 and 1956 in caves on the Dead Sea’s northwestern shore, the scrolls, written between 250 BC and 68 AD, contain the earliest known texts of the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament).