If you are so interested you can now adopt a page/fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The purpose is so the IAA can raise funds to conserve the Scrolls that are in a constant need of care.
By Mail On Sunday Reporter
They are among the most famous pieces of writing in the world – and for £1,200, you can adopt a page.
The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in a cave in Qumran on the West Bank in 1947, and have spawned countless books and theories about early Christians and the life of Jesus.
The Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority is offering the scrolls up for adoption. There are 15,000 fragments and it costs upwards of £1,200 to have one as your own.
A dedication plaque with the name of a fragment’s ‘parent’ will be displayed with it when it is exhibited.
Jacob Fisch, from the Friends of Israel Antiquities Authority in New York, said: ‘The scheme is designed to raise money for conservation, cleaning and high-resolution photography of the scrolls.
‘We want to conserve all the scrolls and eventually put them online, and digitisation is part of a multi-stage project. Most people who sign up want a medium fragment.
‘It’s like people adopting animals from a zoo – they are more likely to want a lion than an ant.
‘We will work with people’s budgets to find them something – there are 15,000 fragments to pick from.
‘People love the idea of adopting a chapter from Leviticus or Deuteronomy.’
The scrolls, which date from 150BC to 70AD and are written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, were found when a Bedouin tribesman fell into the cave.
HT: J. Lauer!