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'Dead Sea Scrolls' an engaging taste of biblical history

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While New York City is home to some wonderful and breathtaking pieces of antiquity, Discovery Times Square has brought some of the most unique biblical artifacts to town with its new exhibit, "Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times."

The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered by Bedouins in caves around the Dead Sea in Israel between 1947-56, date from around 200 B.C. to A.D. 68, and their discovery is considered to be one of the most important historical finds.

When you enter the exhibit, you're ushered into a room with three jars and massive video screens. A man then explains their significance and gives you a background on the scrolls before you're ushered into a hallway packed with artifacts, which fleshes out the time period. But it isn't until you head downstairs that you get the full scope of the exhibition.

A massive circular structure houses 10 of the Dead Sea Scrolls (with 10 different ones coming in December).

Flanking the centerpiece is a re-creation of part of the Western Wall, which includes a real three-ton stone brought in from Israel, and an interactive video display that shows you the Ten Commandments in one of the scrolls. Even tattered and worn, it's really amazing to see such a direct connection to the past, especially without having to pay your way to the Middle East.

If you go: "Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times" is at Discovery Times Square. For hours and ticket information, go to discovery tsx.com.


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