Premier McGuinty Announces the Dead Sea Scrolls to Come to the ROM: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Show

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Premier McGuinty Announces the Dead Sea Scrolls to Come to the ROM: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Show


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In October, Ontario Premier

Dalton McGuinty announced that the exhibition Dead Sea Scrolls is coming to the Museum next June for a six-month engagement. One of the most important exhibitions in the ROM's history, it offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view these historical treasures. They have been the subject of great scholarly and public interest as well as heated debate since their discovery more than 60 years ago. A collaboration of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the ROM, it is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of these materials ever assembled in Canada.

Sixteen of the scrolls will be on view at the ROM, eight during each three-month period. Fragments from the books of Genesis, Deuteronomy, and Psalms will be on display. Also showcased will be artifacts from the ROM's own collection; pieces from Jerusalem during the period of the Second Temple; and artifacts from Khirbet Qumran, the ancient site closest to where the scrolls were discovered by Bedouin goat herders and archaeologists between 1947 and 1956.

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A Distinguished Lecture series will feature 12 internationally respected scholars of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Jerusalem's Second Temple period, among them Dr. …

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