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The Dead Sea Scrolls: Catalog of the Exhibition of Scrolls and Artifacts from the Collections of the Israel Antiquities Authority
Public Museum of Grand Rapids
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Since their discovery, the Dead Sea Scrolls have been not only invaluable objects of study for scholars but also sought-after public attractions, drawing multitudes of people interested in viewing these fascinating ancient documents. This exhibition catalog features photos and descriptions of the twelve Scroll fragments and over 80 artifacts from the collections of the Israel Antiquities Authority on display at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids in spring 2003.
Allowing everyone to experience this stunning exhibit firsthand, this catalog contains a mix of striking visual images, basic information on the Scrolls, and outstanding original essays by leading Dead Sea Scrolls scholars. Bastiaan Van Elderen introduces the history of the Scrolls. Pnina Shor and Lena Libman describe the conservation of the Scrolls. James VanderKam discusses the importance of calendars in the life of the Qumran community. And, significantly, Emanuel Tov documents for the first time in his own words the history of the publication of the Scrolls, including the controversy surrounding their release, the reasons behind delays in their publication, and other provocative stories.
Exquisitely produced and packed with information, The Dead Sea Scrolls will be useful to professionals and general readers for years to come.
About the Exhibit
The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit is exclusively at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids' Van Andel Museum Center, Feb. 16, 2003 through June 1, 2003. The Van Andel Museum Center is the only scheduled U.S. venue in 2003 for an exhibit of Dead Sea Scrolls owned by the Israel Antiquities Authority. This unique exhibition will include fragments of 12 different scrolls, including fragments from the books of Exodus and Psalms. There are also numerous artifacts from Qumran, the ancient settlement located near the caves where the scrolls were discovered. Artifacts include ancient coins, leather sandals, a scroll storage jar, and a pottery inkwell believed to be connected with the writing of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Tickets can be ordered by calling the Museum at 616-456-3977. Individual tickets are $14 for adults, and $10.50 for ages 17 and under. Organized adult groups of 20 or more are $13 per person. School groups should call 616-456-3974 in advance for discounted fees and schedules.
Tickets can also be ordered on-line. There is a nominal handling surcharge for tickets ordered via the Internet and by phone.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are rarely exhibited outside of Israel. Plans for the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition at the Van Andel Museum Center call for a simulated cave, which museum visitors can enter, catching a glimpse of the Dead Sea through a "window" in the wall of the cave. The exhibit also includes a small theater where a film tells the story of the scrolls. From there, the main exhibition gallery will be organized into five zones: the history of the Scrolls; the community of Qumran; the Scrolls as biblical text; Scrolls-related collections in Michigan; and scientific techniques used to restore and conserve the scrolls.
The Van Andel Museum Center is located at 272 Pearl St. NW in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information see the Museum's website at www.grmuseum.org.
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