The oldest compete copy of the Ten Commandments, a 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll, will briefly be part of an exhibit at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum, “A Brief History of Humankind.”
According to The Guardian:
The exhibit includes tools used in an elephant hunt from 1.5m years ago, the oldest known remains of a communal bonfire from 800,000 years ago, skulls from the oldest remains of a family burial and the world’s oldest complete sickle — a 9,000-year-old object that represents the transition from hunter-gatherers to settled civilization working the land.
The exhibit spans thousands of years of human history, drawing the arc through this range of artifacts, which also includes a 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian tablet, 2,700-year-old coins from present-day Turkey and an original handwritten manuscript – from the 20th century: Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity.
The full collection is on exhibit from May 1, 2015 until January 2, 2016, but because of the fragility of the document, the Ten Commandments manuscript will only be on display for two weeks. Normally, it is stored in a “secure, pitch-black, climate-controlled storage facility there.”
Posted by Cara Ellen Modisett