New pieces added to Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit

Posted October 2, 2008 1:39 p.m. EDT

— Six new scrolls have been added to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Museum of Natural Sciences.

The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, now open and running until Dec. 28, features 12 scrolls – four of which have never been publicly displayed – and more than 100 artifacts from the Qumran ruins, everyday items from pottery to leather to sandals to basketry.

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.

The exhibit, on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority, was created specifically for the museum and will never be recreated elsewhere.