WATCH: Obama, Netanyahu view Dead Sea Scrolls

On second day of his Middle East tour, US president visits the Israel Museum, technology exposition.

By REUTERS
March 21, 2013 12:23
US President Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu examine Dead Sea Scrolls, March 21, 2013.

Obama, Netanyahu look at Dead Sea Scrolls. (photo credit: Courtesy PMO)

On the second day of his Middle East tour, US President Barack Obama visited the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on Thursday morning.



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At the facility, he viewed the Dead Sea Scrolls - ancient Jewish parchments discovered in the West Bank in the 1940s which include secular text dating from the third century BC to the first century AD.

For many years, only a small number of scholars were allowed to view the fragments of the scrolls, but access has since been widened.

A few large pieces of scroll remain on permanent display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

After viewing the scrolls, Obama visited a technology exposition.


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