Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Dead Sea Scrolls at Jewish Museum

The Times reports that some Dead Sea Scroll fragments are at the Jewish Museum until January 4. See article here. Moreover, Jim Davila has some notes of caution against some of the language used in the article against Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship here. Anyone who lives in NYC (like myself) or will be visiting between now and then should pop in a take a peek.

Go see these six encased bits of ancient text at the Jewish Museum’s new exhibition, “The Dead Sea Scrolls: Mysteries of the Ancient World,” before it closes on Jan. 4. Go, but not because these scraps are themselves new to our understanding. Though these six “scrolls” have never been seen in New York before, and though three have never before been exhibited anywhere, the literature about these findings has become as voluminous and familiar as the texts are gnomic and condensed.



NOTE: In an earlier version of this post, I mistakenly said the Jewish Museum was in Brooklyn. It is in Manhattan at Fifth Avenue and 92nd St. I apologize for the mistake! So, after you visit the Met, or MoMa, or whatever on Museum Mile, head on down to the Jewish Museum and see some Scrolls!

3 comments:

Charles Ellwood Jones said...

The Jewish Museum is in Manhattan, not Brooklyn, at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/

Jared said...

Ooops! I knew that! I was just there not too long ago! Thanks!

David Halberg said...

The Jewish Museum exhibit is at the center of a controversy, in that it highlights the "two basic theories" about the scrolls -- a complete about-face from previous exhibits.

See University of Chicago historian Norman Golb's review of the exhibit:

https://oi.uchicago.edu/pdf/dds_new_york_exhibit_2008.pdf

and see the controversy that has erupted in the pages of the National Post in Canada -- details at:
http://michaelhagerspeaks.wordpress.com/