See the world's oldest copy of the Ten Commandments This photo shows the world's oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments, written on one of the Dead Sea Scrolls (AP photos)
See the world's oldest copy of the Ten Commandments
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The world's oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is going on rare display at Israel's leading museum. The exhibit traces civilization's most pivotal moments.

The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll, from a collection of the world's most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem, has never before been publicly displayed in Israel. It has only been shown in brief exhibits abroad, said Pnina Shor of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The manuscript is so brittle that it will only be on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for two weeks. Then it will be returned to a secure, pitch-black, climate-controlled storage facility there.

It is one of 14 ancient objects displayed in "A Brief History of Humankind," an exhibit of historical objects spanning hundreds of thousands of years.

"When you are thinking about universal law, the universal principle of ethics, ... this is the first law that comes to your mind," exhibit curator Tania Coen-Uzzielli said.

The exhibit includes tools used in an elephant hunt from 1.5 million years ago, the oldest known remains of a communal bonfire from 800,000 years ago, skulls from the oldest remains of a family burial and the world's oldest complete sickle a 9,000-year-old object that represents the transition from hunter-gatherers to settled civilization working the land.

These objects, framed in dramatically lit cases in a dark exhibition hall, all were discovered in the Holy Land, a testament to the region's central role in human history. The museum is mounting the exhibit to mark its 50th anniversary.

"After only 50 years, we may be one of only a very few museums worldwide that can tell such a broad story from its own holdings," museum director James Snyder said.

A 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian tablet on loan to the museum and 2,700-year-old coins from what is now Turkey, are also on display. An original handwritten manuscript of physicist Albert Einstein's groundbreaking theory of relativity caps the exhibit. Einstein first published the theory in 1905.

Critical thinking challenge: The Einstein manuscript contains his theory of relativity first published in 1905. Why is it referred to as not so old?

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COMMENTS (15)
  • coreyong-Koc
    5/11/2015 - 09:52 a.m.

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  • NashMcComsey-Ste
    5/11/2015 - 09:56 a.m.

    The dead sea scrolls has always been and interesting topic. In terms of religious artifacts, it has got to be among the most important. Keeping them on display is obviously eventful

  • GigiSylvester-Ste
    5/11/2015 - 01:05 p.m.

    That's crazy!! I wonder what language it's in?!, probably not english!! If it's in some ancient language how were they able to find someone that still spoke it to know what it even was?!

  • angelhe-Man
    5/11/2015 - 03:13 p.m.

    It's fantastic that they found this piece of the Bible. Yes the 5,000 year old Mesopotamian tablet and the 2,700 year old coin it's impressive. The piece of the bible is more important to the religion people. I think its very amazing they found this piece.

  • caitlinv-Man
    5/11/2015 - 03:32 p.m.

    This is an amazing finding and its truly fascinating. I think its a great idea to only release it for a little amount of time considering its so delicate and fragile.

  • jasonm-Koc
    5/11/2015 - 06:04 p.m.

    I think that this is very interesting because I think it is cool when people find old pieces of writing because it is revealing history. Now this piece of work will be able to be displayed in a museum for people to see.

  • brendenp-Goo
    5/12/2015 - 08:38 a.m.

    The Einstein manuscript contains his theory of relativity first published in 1905. It is refereed to as "not so old?" The text states The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll, from a collection of the world's most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem, has never before been publicly displayed in Israel. The Text also states The exhibit includes tools used in an elephant hunt from 1.5 million years ago, the oldest known remains of a communal bonfire from 800,000 years ago, skulls from the oldest remains of a family burial and the world's oldest complete sickle a 9,000-year-old object that represents the transition from hunter-gatherers to settled civilization working the land.. The evidence from the text concludes that the manuscript is no where near as old as some as this stuff.

  • bradant-Goo
    5/12/2015 - 08:58 a.m.

    The Einstein manuscript contains his theory of relativity first published in 1905. It is referred to as not so old. "After only 50 years, we may be one of only a very few museums worldwide that can tell such a broad story from its own holdings," museum director James Snyder said. The manuscript is so brittle that it will only be on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for two weeks. Then it will be returned to a secure, pitch-black, climate-controlled storage facility there.

  • TaylorHartman-Ste
    5/12/2015 - 01:01 p.m.

    I am sure that this is pretty interesting to a lot of people, especially if they are very interested in the history of America. This is truly intriguing though.

  • TehyaWhite-Ste
    5/12/2015 - 01:17 p.m.

    It is referred to as "not so old" because in the vast period of time, 1905 really wasn't that long ago. There was a prehistoric time so a time that people living today's grandparents lived in isn't really that long ago.

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