An exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls, including four pieces of parchment that have never before been displayed, went on exhibit alongside related artifacts last week, beginning a yearlong visit to the U.S.
The exhibition will be in New York City at Discovery Times Square until April 15, then moves to Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute for five months.
Organizers say it’s the most comprehensive collection of ancient artifacts from Israel ever put together.
In addition to 20 pieces of parchment from the scrolls (10 at a time will be on display), it includes more than 500 artifacts from Biblical times up until the day modern Israel was created.
On display are large vessels, jewelry, coins and a three-ton stone from Jerusalem’s Western Wall.