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Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit shows link between old and modern world

(Steve Landeen, KSL)


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SALT LAKE CITY — Utahns have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a remarkable exhibit — Israel's Dead Sea Scrolls a museum in Salt Lake City. It opens to the public on Friday but KSL-TV went there Thursday to get a preview.

What curators from Israel have created at The Leonardo is really an experience. They hope visitors will allow themselves to step back in time. Whether you love ancient history or are fascinated by religious manuscripts, you will find this exhibition remarkable.

You enter the world of ancient Israel, surrounded by the sights and artifacts that date back 3,000 years. Curators tell us they believe guests need to understand the richness of both the culture and faith then.

"I hope visitors that come to the exhibit with take with them the message of a common heritage of what these scrolls mean to the Western world on the whole, and to the Jewish and Christian world in particular," said Pnina Shor, curator & head of Dead Sea Scrolls Project.

Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times
at The Leonardo museum

Address:
209 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Ticket Information:
  • Adults (ages 18 - 64): $23.95
  • Youth (ages 12 - 17): $14.95
  • Children (ages 6 - 11): $9.95
  • Seniors 65+, Students and Military with ID: $19.95
  • Leonardo Members: $13.95
  • Children ages 5 and under: Free

The architectural examples, the pottery all serve to set the scene for the precious and priceless manuscripts, hidden more 2,000 years ago in the caves of Qumran.

"From the time of let's say Abraham, and then the kings, David and Solomon and then, the other kings and the kingdom of Judah, all the steps that finally brought to the dead sea scrolls," said Uzi Dahari, Ph.D., deputy director for the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The "Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times" opens to the public Friday and will be here through April 27.

Curators in Jerusalem will return in February to bring 10 new scrolls.

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