Guest / Limited Access /
They were the greatest archaeological find of the century. Apparently that was last century. Now, it seems, nobody wants the Dead Sea Scrolls. Brigham Young University and Salt Lake City officials had planned to display the ancient fragments during the 2002 Olympics, but decided it was too expensive to pay for transportation and security. It was only the latest rejection of the manuscripts.

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.



Related Elsewhere:

The New Zealand Herald has an article on the Auckland Museum's decision and an editorial decrying it.

The Associated Press and Deseret News have articles on the cancelled Dead Sea Scrolls display in Salt Lake City.

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.

The Project Judaica Foundation has been a closely cooperating partner with the Israel Antiquities Authority to exhibit the scrolls.

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Tags:
From Issue:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
RecommendedThe Real History of the Crusades
Subscriber Access Only
The Real History of the Crusades
A series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics? Think again.
TrendingLigonier Suspends R. C. Sproul Jr. over Ashley Madison Visit
Ligonier Suspends R. C. Sproul Jr. over Ashley Madison Visit
Reformed leader admits accessing adultery website 'in a moment of weakness, pain, and from an unhealthy curiosity.'
Editor's PickMy Small Group Looks Like Me
My Small Group Looks Like Me
Why some multiethnic churches don’t mandate diversity at gatherings.
Comments
Christianity Today
Manuskipped
hide thisNovember 12 November 12

In the Magazine

November 12, 2001

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.