Nov 11, 2012
A Visit to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible Exhibit
Yesterday I enjoyed a nice afternoon at Southwestern Baptist theological Seminary checking out the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible Exhibit. The exhibit itself is a self-guided tour consisting of five major parts.
(1) You go through a pictorial and artifact exhibit that introduces you to the Dead Sea area and basic archeological period beginning with the Hasmonean period. The artifacts include coins, ossuaries, pottery, glassware, and the like. There is a fairly nice model of first-century Jerusalem as well.
(2) You go through an area that contains various facsimiles of select Dead Sea scrolls.
(3) You view a 7 minute film on the Dead See Scrolls.
(4) You enter the “scroll room” to see the scroll fragments and other manuscripts and Bibles. The Dead Sea Scroll fragments include the FrgDSSText1, “Loveless Fragment” whose content is as yet unidentified; FrgDSSExod2, “Mora Fragment” containing Exodus 23:8–10; FrgDSSLev3 “Paleo Leviticus” containing Lev 21:7–12; 22:21–27; FrgDSSLev2, “Dearing Fragment” containing Leviticus 18:28–30; 20:24, FrgDSSDeut3 containing Deuteronomy 9:25–10:1; FrgDSSDeut4, “Rogers Fragment” containing Deuteronomy 12:11–14; FrgDSSPs1, “Patterson Fragment” containing Psalm 22:3, 5–8, 10, 12; FrgDSSDan2/ FrgDSSDan3 containing Daniel 6:22–24; 7:18–19; 1QIsaiahb containing Isaiah 41:3–23 and 44:21–45:13; various fragments belonging to the Kando family containing Isaiah 28:23–29; Genesis 33:18–34:3; 1 Kings 13:20–22; Amos 7:17–8:1; Joel 4:9–10 (3:9–10 Eng), Gen 37:26–38; and various fragments from the Green collection containing Numbers 8:4–5, Nehemiah 2:13–16, Jeremiah 23:6–9; Ezekiel 28:22, Daniel 10:18–20, and Jonah 2:4–5. The Jeselsohn Dead Sea Stone or the “Gabriel Stone” is also on display. The New Testament manuscripts on display include P46 containing parts of Romans and Hebrews, P38 containing Acts 18:27–19:6, 12–16, P53 containing Matthew 26:29–35, 36–40. The exhibit is rounded out with various codices, medieval manuscripts, and early print Bibles.
(5) After the requisite book store stop one can go outside and visit the Qumran simulated dig, a 80 x 100 ft site built to about 90% scale. (The picture below is from a reproduction of a mikvah from Qumran.)
Overall I think that this exhibit which runs through January 13, 2013, is worth checking out.