Scrolls from the Wilderness of the Dead Sea

Scrolls from the Wilderness of the Dead Sea

Scrolls from the Wilderness of the Dead Sea

Scrolls from the Wilderness of the Dead Sea

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The Genesis of the Dead Sea Scrolls of Jordan Exhibition took place in the autumn of 1960 during a discussion between Professor Henry Detweiler, President of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Mr. R.G. Arneson, then of the Department of State, and myself. In considering the idea of such an exhibition, it seemed to me that the significance of the scrolls would be more fully understood and appreciated if the Exhibition presented not only the scrolls themselves, but also their cultural setting and their impact on our time. A tentative outline of the Exhibition was developed along these lines, and in subsequent meetings, preliminary plans for arrangements were prepared. The resulting proposal was warmly received by the administrators of the Smithsonian Institution who agreed to produce the Exhibition and to arrange its tour in the United States of America. Inquiries by the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan, were met with an equally favorable response by officials of the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Trustees of the Palestine Archaeological Museum, Jerusalem, Jordan. Months--indeed years--of detailed planning and negotiations followed, eventually culminating in this Exhibition.

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