ALL the News about
Mormons, Mormonism
and the LDS Church
Mormon News: All the News about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church
Posted 24 Feb 2001   For week ended April 23, 2000
Most Recent Week
Front Page
Local News
Arts & Entertainment
·New Products
·New Websites
·Mormon Stock Index
Letters to Editor
Continuing Coverage of:
Boston Temple
School Prayer
Julie on MTV
Robert Elmer Kleasen
About Mormon News
News by E-Mail
Weekly Summary
Submitting News
Submitting Press Releases
Volunteer Positions
Bad Link?

News about Mormons, Mormonism,
and the LDS Church
Sent on Mormon-News: 22Apr00

Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Church's Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit Moves To Indianapolis
Johnson co IN Daily Journal 20Apr00 D3
By Matt Grills: Daily Journal staff writer

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- The LDS Church's exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls has moved to an Indianapolis LDS Chapel, part of a seven-city tour that the LDS exhibit is traveling throughout the midwest while a larger exhibit is available at Chicago's Field Museum. The LDS exhibit has no original pieces, only replicas.

But in spite of the fact it doesn't contain originals, it still remains popular, according to Carrole Hatch, a volunteer and LDS Church member traveling with the exhibit, "We've had wonderful crowds," she said, describing the 2,000 that visited the exhibit in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, just outside Detroit and the 1,400 that attended over two days in Columbus, Ohio. She says more than half the visitors are not LDS Church members.

The traveling exhibit was prepared by BYU and its FARMS research organization. The exhibit details much of what is known about the scrolls. Originally discovered in 1947, the more than 900 texts are in the possession of the Israel Antiquities Authority. Scholars have been trying to piece together the scrolls ever since they were discovered, translate and publish them. So far, only about 40 percent of the scrolls have been translated. "It's the world's greatest jigsaw puzzle," says Hatch.

Indiana Dead Sea Scrolls specialist Ruth Homer says that BYU has been interested in the scrolls since their discovery. Four teams of BYU scholars are involved in the translation, and they developed a way to use DNA tests on the animal skins on which the texts are written to aid in matching fragments.


[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Kent Larsen · Privacy Information