Visitors explore the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit.

About the Exhibit

Visitors to the Museum of Science, Boston will witness one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century — ancient handwritten texts that have shaped the Western world, including the earliest Biblical texts ever found — when Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times makes its New England premiere on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

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A once-in-a-lifetime exhibit

Brandeis University and the Museum of Science, Boston, are collaborating on programming around a major exhibition of Dead Sea scrolls and artifacts from ancient Israel that will be at the museum from May 19 until Oct. 20.

The collaboration consists of educational programming and other activities that take advantage of the expertise and energy of Brandeis University faculty members and students. Events in the collaboration will take place at the Museum of Science, on the Brandeis campus and in other venues in the Greater Boston area, taking advantage of the full range of academic disciplines at the university, with participation from such diverse fields as Near Eastern and Judaic studies, classical studies, anthropology, history, fine arts, physics and chemistry, among others.

The scrolls of are tremendous historical significance, offering a sense of how the biblical text developed, of the transition from biblical to rabbinic Judaism, and of aspects of the Jewish background of early Christianity. The exhibition, created by the Israel Antiquities Authority from the collections of the Israeli National Treasures, will include fragments from 20 of the scrolls and more than 500 artifacts.

All images: Darryl Moran/The Franklin Institute