Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls rank as one of the great archaeological discoveries of all time. They are the written record of the core beliefs, philosophies and precepts of a community that flourished in the Holy Land two thousand years ago.

These ancient Hebrew manuscripts raise many questions about the foundations of both Judaism and Christianity. The role of the mysterious group who created the scrolls has acted as a source of fascination and debate since the discovery of the scrolls in 1947.

Highlights include one of the oldest surviving portions of the Hebrew Bible - a text from the Book of Exodus dating from around 100 BCE, a large and beautifully preserved section of the Psalms with the Holy Name of God clearly written in the Hebrew script of the time of King David, and several texts written during the lifetime of Jesus of Nazareth.

Also on display will be a selection of objects excavated from the adjacent site of Khirbet Qumran, believed to have been the home of the people who wrote and preserved the scrolls.

Exhibition organised by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in association with Israel Antiquities Authority.

16 Mar 200317 Jun 2003 National Gallery of Victoria