World's oldest Bible on display in Jerusalem

Thursday, June 12, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

The oldest existing book of the Bible is currently on display at the Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem.

The scroll, which contains nearly the entire Book of Isaiah, will be available for public viewing until mid-August to mark the 60th anniversary of Israel's modern rebirth as a nation-state.

The scroll was found along with over 200 others in a cave near Qumran along the shores of the Dead Sea in 1947. It has not been displayed publicly in over 40 years. Most of the Qumran scrolls are kept in isolated conditions to enable their preservation.

The Isaiah scroll has been dated to around 120 BC, just a few hundred years after the prophet himself lived.

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