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Summarized by Kent Larsen

FARMS' Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit Opens in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- The BYU Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies' exhibit of replicas of the Dead Sea Scrolls has arrived in Las Vegas, and will be available at the Las Vegas Stake Center through Saturday. The exhibit includes replicas of the same scrolls on exhibit at Chicago's Field Museum, along with illustrative historical paintings, and sculptures and ancient artifacts from the time of Christ.

The exhibit has been on display in various cities throughout the midwestern US, attracting at least 60,000 visitors. Although it has been available only at LDS chapels, the exhibit has attracted the attention of many religious denominations. "The purpose is to educate, and the response to the exhibit has been incredible," said exhibit co-director Brent Hall. "The Muslims, the Jewish, the Protestants, the Catholics ... they have all come out because (the scrolls) are truly a world treasure."

BYU professor of Hebrew literature Donald Parry has spent much of his professional life studying and interpreting the Scrolls. He told the Review-Journal in Las Vegas that the vast majority of the scrolls contain scripture nearly identical to the Bible, supporting the Bible as we currently have it. "What that shows is that the Bible still has relevance to our generation," Parry said. "Nearly 2,000 years later, this great message remains the same for our time."

Parry has been part of the translating team for the scrolls, spending two years in Israel working on the scrolls. He recently finished translating the Great Isaiah Scroll, and expects to continue translating a number of other scrolls, including some of the documents which have never been translated.


Dead Sea Scroll Replicas: LV hosts display of artifacts
Las Vegas NV Review-Journal 26Oct00 D1
By Glenn Puit: Review-Journal
Scholar says scrolls reinforce Bible, give insight into Palestine about time of Christ


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