In July, New Zealand's Auckland Museum told the Israel Antiquities Authority the scrolls were "too esoteric" to justify the costs. The museum went instead with a body art exhibit displaying biker mags, photos of genital piercings, and bondage gear.
Christian History managing editor Elesha Coffman visited the travelling exhibit when it came to Chicago's Field Museum.
Evangelical scholars have been using the Dead Sea Scrolls to demonstrate the reliability of the Scriptures, Kevin D. Miller wrote in a 1997 Christianity Today article. He also wrote an article on what we've learned from the Dead Sea Scrolls for sister publication Christian Reader.
The online version of an exhibit at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. describes the historical context of the scrolls, how they were found, and the Qumran community from whence they may have originated.