Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Brain like a sieve, but some exciting news...

For the past several days, I've been struggling to remember something that I wanted to share with my friend, CJ. I've remembered it a couple of times, and thought, "Oh, yeah, when I talk to her next, I'll tell her." Then, when the opportunity came, I couldn't remember it! So, I finally remembered, and I decided to post it here.

Because it's exciting, at least to me.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are coming to Minnesota!

Isn't that great? I can't wait to see them. The oldest known written Biblical texts. Not only the scroll fragments, but artifacts from the Second Temple Era of Israel.

The Dead Sea Scrolls—objects of great mystery, intrigue, and cultural and spiritual significance—are widely acknowledged to be among the greatest archaeological treasures ever discovered. This spring at the Science Museum, you will get the rare opportunity to see them up-close—and discover the historical and cultural context that makes them so important.

In addition to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the St. John's Bible will also be there.

At the conclusion of The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, which showcases the oldest-known hand-scribed record of the Hebrew Bible, you'll see The Saint John's Bible, which represents history's newest hand-written illustrated Bible. A work of art that illuminates the world today, it's the first complete, handwritten and illuminated Bible to be commissioned in 500 years. It uses ancient techniques—it's written on calf-skin vellum with quills, natural handmade inks, hand-ground pigments and gold leaf—to present themes, images and technology of the 21st century. The result is a project that has monumental artistic and spiritual significance for our time. And it originated right here in Minnesota.
You can learn more about the exhibit by clicking HERE.
I'm so excited to see these amazing works of art, these words that are so dear to me, the greatest treasure that God left for His children, His message to us.
Question for you: Have you seen either the Dead Sea Scrolls or the St. John's Bible? Have you been to Israel? Have you seen a cool artifact that stuck with you?


  1. Nope! How cool is that!? I'm not even that into historical artificacts, but the dead sea scrolls would be pretty awesome to see!

  2. Lol your synapses were really firing only took you what, a week to remember? (-; I got to see a work in progress of the St. John's Bible while at Legacies 2005 in Dallas, TX. Stunning! How cool would it be to see both the St. John's Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls at the same time. Ancient and modern, so far in time and yet so close in time. I wish Auntie Rose would come through with the promised winnings! I'd be up to visit in a heartbeat,

  3. Nope. Never heard of that Bible but it sounds beautiful!
    Did you hear how scientists found some sort of ancient thing. Couldn't figure out the language at first, but then realized it was some form of really ancient Hebrew, thus proving the Bible to be older than scientists originally believed.
    I love when Science lines up with Biblical stuff!

  4. Oooo, that is so exciting! My husband and I went to Africa a few years ago. In one of the village churches, men were playing a most unusual instrument. it was like a bow, but had a this wierd shaped thing at one of end of it. They would pluck the bow. The varying sizes made different tones. I digress...one our trip back home, we went to the Louvre in Paris and we saw the very same instrument that dated back to hundreds of years Before Christ! It was so strange to see such an old artifact still being used today.

  5. How exciting! I saw the Dead Sea Scrolls in Charlotte, NC a few years ago and it was an extrememly powerful and moving experience. Be sure to take your whole family. I went with a women's group from church and wished so much that I had been able to go back with my husband and son.

  6. I haven't had the opportunity but can understand why you're excited. What a thrill! My husband visited Israel several years ago with a group of other pastors and came back with descriptions and memories to last the rest of his life. He said just seeing and standing in places where Christ himself had stood, or prayed, or taught, was incredibly moving.

  7. Oh, I went to see them this past fall in Toronto. They were on exhibit there last. I was sadly dissapointed at how fragmented they were, but definitely go and see, it gives a real feel of history for sure!