JERUSALEM — The world’s oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is on rare display at Israel’s national museum in an exhibit of objects from pivotal moments in civilization.
The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll belongs to a collection of the world’s most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea.
The brittle manuscript has never before been displayed in Israel, and was shown abroad only in brief exhibits.
It is being displayed alongside the oldest known remains of a communal bonfire and a family burial, the oldest complete sickle and some of the world’s oldest coins.
Museum director James Snyder says many of the exhibited objects were discovered in Israel in recent years and have never been displayed.
The exhibit, which opened last week, marks the 50th anniversary of the museum’s founding.