Dead Sea Scrolls
Fri 14 July - Sun 15 October 2000
Level 1

Undoubtedly the Dead Sea Scrolls are the most controversial archaeological discovery of the 20th Century. The Art Gallery of New South Wales together with the Israel Antiquities Authority will present an exhibition of these enigmatic manuscripts for the first time in Australia. The initial discovery in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds in a cave on the shores of the Dead Sea revealed seven nearly complete scrolls encased in clay jars. The scrolls are written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek and contain Biblical texts in the Hebrew Bible, some apocryphal literature, prayer texts and sectarian documents.

War Rule Scroll, copied c.20-50CE

The exhibition will present a selection of Dead Sea Scroll fragments together with related archaeological material from the nearby Khirbet Qumran site.

Principal Sponsor: Westfield

Media Sponsor: Seven Network

Supported by Hotel Inter-Continental Sydney

Jugs and juglets, pottery
PricesGeneral Public $10.00