Dead Sea Scrolls

Friday, December 16, 2011

Curator Risa Levitt Kohn talks about “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times,” on view at Discovery Times Square. The exhibition features the most comprehensive collection of ancient artifacts from Israel ever organized, including one of the largest collections of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls displayed in North America, along with an actual three-ton stone from Jerusalem's Western Wall. It also includes the Ten Commandments Scroll, which will be on display for two weeks in December. The exhibition is on view at Discovery Times Square through April 15, 2012.


Risa Levitt Kohn

Comments [12]

randy from Lonf Island

Saw the exhibit. Poorly done. Too many people. Ttok almost three and a half hours and hardly any scrolls to see. The exhibit should be "How people lived during the days of the Dead Sea Scrolls." A waste of money and time. Sorry to say. I was so excited to see them.

Dec. 28 2011 06:38 PM

Yeah and cuneiform was read and understood by the masses in Mesopotamia by all Sumerians? Jgarbuz, you are an idiot and need to be crucified. There is something called oral story telling. Myths and folk tales, in ARCHAIC societies, are known to be passed on generation after generation, just because literature exists doesn't mean there wasn't illiteracy.

Dec. 24 2011 07:58 AM

@ HughSansom...

... fundamentally diminished.

He can't help it.

Dec. 16 2011 01:40 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Why is it so expensive to see the Dead Sea scrolls? Listen, you have to be rich to be Jewish. Ever try getting into a synagogue on the High Holidays without paying for a good seat? If you're poor, you got Jesus. If you are Jewish and rich, you got the Dead Sea scrolls. Jesus Himself said, "The poor shall always be with us." That is why we Jews rejected Him, because we didn't want to be caught dead poor:) We've get Dead Sea Scrolls instead :)

Dec. 16 2011 01:39 PM
Asaf Soof from Union Sq.

HughSanson you are wrong. The scrolls were found in a place that CURRENTLY is claimed by Palestinians. There was never a Palestinian country (ask Newt Gingrich). All that part of the world was ALWAYS Jewish for the 3,500. In fact that part was occupied by many nations. and currently the Palestinians occupied Israel and try to drive the Israelis away. Learn the facts.

Dec. 16 2011 01:27 PM
Anne from Harlem

Discovery Center, shame on them. Their exhibitions are outrageously priced. Put this stuff in a public museum and charge minimal fee, so folks here in Harlem can afford to see them.

Dec. 16 2011 01:27 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Where are the "Palestinian" Dead Sea scrolls written in Arabic located?

Dec. 16 2011 01:25 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

To hugh samson

It was found in JUDEA by some Bedouin Arab, and not on "Palestinian territory," wherever that is. The proof of Jewish literacy is the Dead Sea scrolls themselves, and the lack of Arab literacy is proved by the lack of anything written by the Arabs living in the Jewish homeland over the last many centuries.

Dec. 16 2011 01:22 PM
Anne from Harlem

It's ridiculous how much the "DISCOVERY CENTER" charges for folks to get in. Unconscionable.

Dec. 16 2011 01:22 PM
Josh from Brooklyn

I have been looking forward to seeing the scrolls and the other artifacts at the exhibit, for a very long time. I was disappointed however at the exensive cost of the tickets to the exhibit, ( $25 for the one hour duration of the exhibit.) Why price it so high as some of the 'touristy' attractions in the city? This should rather be priced so that most NYC residents, that are interested in history, should have an incentive to see it. At such a price, I am unfortunately going to miss the exhibit.

Dec. 16 2011 01:17 PM

Thanks for acknowledging that they were found in Palestinian territory.

For many years, the scrolls were very closely guarded. A handful of scholars barred access. Does the guest have anything to say about that?

My impression is that the practice of Judaism was in enormous flux 2,000 years ago.

As usual, jgarbuz is just wrong on the facts -- this time with respect to literacy 2,000 years ago.

Not surprisingly, there is a staggering amount of theological, biblical, linguistic, anthropological scholarship on those times.

Dec. 16 2011 01:17 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

This woman clearly doesn't know much. All Jews had to be able to at least read Hebrew. Literacy, or at least the ability to read, if not understand the Hebrew text, has been integral to the Jewish religion since very ancient times.

Dec. 16 2011 01:12 PM

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