On October 19th 2016 the Israel Antiquities Authority, the pre-eminent organization in the field of Biblical and Israeli archaeology, custodian of nearly 2 million archaeological objects among them 15,000 Dead Sea Scrolls, will inaugurate the new National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel, our Moshe Safdie designed 350,000 sq. foot archaeological education, research and exhibition complex on Museum Hill in Jerusalem. The campus, which has been under construction since 2012, is bound to become a model for the worldwide archaeological community, and a must-see stop for school groups, students, tourists, archaeologists and researchers and the general public. The National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel is a private/public undertaking, supported to date by 28 private donors and foundations and by the Israeli government.
To celebrate the inauguration of the National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority plans to install a new exhibition in the Bernard and Barbro Osher Dead Sea Scrolls Gallery
Scrolls from the Dead Sea
This inaugural exhibition is bound to be hugely successful, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors including the general public, school children, soldiers as well as tourists.
SCROLLS FROM THE DEAD SEA
THE BERNARD AND BARBRO OSHER DEAD SEA SCROLLS GALLERY
One of the main attractions planned for the inauguration of the National Campus will be a stunning new Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition in the Bernard and Barbro Osher Dead Sea Scrolls Gallery featuring 2,000 year – old scrolls most of which have never before been seen in Israel.
Dead Sea Scrolls from the collections of the Israel Antiquities Authority, most of which have never been shown in Israel, will be exhibited in our brand new Bernard and Barbro Osher Dead Sea Scrolls Gallery, located on the second floor of the campus overlooking the main courtyard and the Hebrew University campus in the distant. Among them will be the rare Ten Commandments Scroll (“I am the Lord your God who took you out of the Land of Egypt out of the house of bondage. You are to have no other gods but me.” Deuteronomy 5:6-7); the Genesis Scroll (“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1-2); the famous Book of War Scroll (the Book of War details an apocalyptic 40-year battle between the forces of good and evil); the large, Herodian period Leviticus Scroll (this copy of the book of Leviticus is written in the ancient Hebrew script used in First Temple times); the large and beautiful Psalms Scroll (one of the best preserved biblical scrolls, containing 48 psalms, including 7 that are not found in the standard Masoretic version of the Bible); and others. In addition, objects from the Qumran excavations, most of which were never before exhibited in Israel will be exhibited alongside the scrolls.
The special exhibition will not only discuss the story of the discovery, the importance of the scrolls to Judaism and Christianity, the Yahad community, the diversity of opinions and types of scrolls, but will also highlight for the first time in Israel the highly important, fascinating conservation work conducted by the Dead Sea Scrolls conservation experts of the Israel Antiquities Authority. This will be the first time that the public in Israel and visitors to our campus will have an opportunity to learn about the monumental project of conserving the scrolls and digitizing them for the benefit of future generations.
In addition, a brand new multimedia component including a new movie about the scrolls and interactive programs for children based on our new Dig Quest: Israel App for kids will be part of this new exhibition.
The new exhibition will draw on the tremendous experience gained by the curators and scholars of the IAA from exhibitions of Dead Sea Scrolls in venues around the world including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Field Museum, the Romisch Germanisches Museum, the Jewish Museum and others.
The Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority, a 501(c) 3 organization is now making an effort to raise $85,000 toward the total costs of $225,000 associated with mounting both inaugural exhibitions for the opening of the National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel. We are delighted to tell you that a very generous lead grant by a U.S. foundation in the amount of $100,000 was recently made toward the exhibition followed by generous grants from the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Friend Family Foundation. We are very grateful for these wonderful gifts.
We very much hope that you will consent to help us with this important, special inauguration exhibition and to honor our friends and wonderful supporters Barney and Barbro Osher, by becoming a patron of the new Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition.
The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition in the new and dramatic Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel will be the highlight of the opening celebrations of the our campus. With the first time exhibition in Israel of scrolls including the rare Ten Commandments Scroll this spectacular exhibition is bound to be hugely successful, attracting very large audiences including the general public, school children, soldiers as well as tourists.
Additional Information about the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Israel Antiquities Authority:
Simon Schama in: The Story of the Jews
Conservation of the Dead Sea Scrolls special movie
The official Dead Sea Scrolls website of the Israel Antiquities Authority
Dead Sea Scrolls App for Kids Dig Quest: Israel
NYT Review of IAA Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition at the Jewish Museum, NYC
The National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel
National Campus Booklet