CINCINNATI - One of the most important of the Dead Sea Scrolls in existence is going on display in Cincinnati this weekend for the first time ever.
The Ten Commandments scroll will be on display for 17 days at the Cincinnati Museum Center starting on Good Friday. It will join ten other scrolls in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times exhibit.
The 2,100-year-old Ten Commandments scroll is one of only two ancient manuscripts to feature the commandments, a foundation of Jewish and Christian religions.
It was discovered in 1952 in a cave near Khirbet, Qumran. The scroll is the most complete and best preserved ancient example of the Ten Commandments in the world.
The 17-day exhibition period is the longest that the Israel Antiques Authority has allowed it out of Israel since 2007 because of the scroll's universal importance, its fragility, and its age. It's only the fourth time the Ten Commandments scroll has been on display in North America.
Once the exhibit closes, the Ten Commandments scroll will return to Israel and rest in complete darkness for one year.
The Ten Commandments scroll will be on exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center from Good Friday (March 29) to April 14.
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