Ancient Ten Commandments Scroll to be Shown in NYC

It will be shown at Discovery Times Square for 10 days before returning to Israel

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011  |  Updated 7:37 PM EDT
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Ancient Ten Commandments Scroll to be Shown in NYC

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Conservators examine a portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls containing the ten commandments before the scrolls' installation at Discovery Times Square in New York, Thursday, Dec. 15.

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A well-preserved 2,000-year-old scroll of the Ten Commandments is going on display for the first time in New York City.

The tiny scroll will be shown beginning Friday at the Discovery Times Square exhibition space for 10 days before returning to Israel.

The parchment dates back to between 50 B.C. and 1 A.D. It must be kept in a light-and-humidity controlled environment to avoid deterioration. The scroll was discovered in a cave near the Dead Sea in 1952.

Exhibit curator Risa Levitt Kohn says it's a rare opportunity to see the oldest copy on parchment of the Ten Commandments.

The scroll is on display with a group of approximately 900 other scrolls that were originally discovered in a cave near the Dead Sea by Bedouin shepherds between 1947 and 1956.

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