A biblical story retold

The relic, which is currently on display, is part of the Genesis Apocryphon, which contains a description, in Aramaic, of the lives of Noah, Abraham, Enoch and Lamech.

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April 12, 2018 15:47
The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition has attracted millions of visitors over the past half century

The Samson family just after making aliya in 1996The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition has attracted millions of visitors over the past half century. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

In case you hadn’t noticed – perhaps you are a recent arrival to these shores, or are simply a little naive – whether you like it or not, everything, yes everything, in this country has a political tint to it.

That is definitely the case when it comes to anything of a religious nature. That counts doubly when the subject matter in question happens to be a 2,000-year-old piece of leather that forms part of the world-renowned Dead Sea Scrolls housed at the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book.

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