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Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit to stay open until January

The scrolls were added to replace six scroll fragments — among them are the Ten Commandments, the books of Genesis and Isaiah, and a Jewish book called Jubilees — which were removed after a planned three month display.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — An exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences featuring fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls will stay open a little longer.

The museum said Tuesday that it has extended the display, initially set to close Dec. 28, until Sunday, Jan. 4 and that it will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., beginning Dec. 26. The exhibit, however, will be closed on New Year's Day.

On loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority, the exhibit features 12 scrolls as well as more than 100 everyday artifacts from Qumran, the ancient settlement where the scrolls were found along the northwest shore of the Dead Sea in what is now Israel.

Bedouin shepherds found fragments of the scrolls in a cave in 1947, and archaeologists discovered hundreds more in 11 caves over the next eight years.

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