Dead Sea Scrolls make Journey to San Diego

It’s a rare opportunity when one of the world’s greatest treasures leaves home and comes to visit you. It’s even rarer when that treasure is the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are comprised of nearly 800 documents hand written on dried animal skin that were hidden in caves near the Dead Sea (naturally) and discovered between 1947 and 1956. The manuscripts date back to 250 B.C. to 65 A.D. and are the oldest known copies of the bible.

To view such historical manuscripts, one must normally travel to Jerusalem where they are stored. Starting the end of this month on June 29, however, history lovers need only trek down to the San Diego Natural History Museum where 24 of the parchments will be on display until December 31.

Wow, that sure is a lot easier for me than visting the Shrine of the Book in Isreal where they are normally displayed.