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Ancient Dead Sea Scrolls up for sale

Two thousand years after they were written and decades after they were found in desert caves, some of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls are now up for sale. Read more

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May 10, 2013: The ten commandments written on one of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem. Nearly 70 years after the discovery of the world's oldest biblical manuscripts, the Palestinian family who originally sold them to scholars and institutions is now quietly marketing the leftovers -- fragments the family says it has kept in a Swiss safe deposit box all these years.
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May 10, 2013.: An Israel Antiquities Authority employee works on fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem. Written mostly on animal skin parchment about 2,000 years ago, the manuscripts are the earliest copies of the Hebrew Bible ever found.
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May 10, 2013: An Israel Antiquities Authority worker photographs Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem. Israel has been criticized for limiting scholarly access to the manuscripts, but is partnering with Google to upload images of scrolls online.
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May 10, 2013: An Israel Antiquities Authority employee works on fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem.
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May 10, 2013: Lena Libman, right, head of the Israel Antiquities Authority's Dead Sea Scrolls Conservation Lab holds fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem.
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May 10, 2013: Pnina Shor, head of the Dead Sea Scrolls projects at the Israel Antiquities Authority shows infrared scans of parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem. Shor said the trove of fragments is so numerous - at least 10,000 - that staff havent finished counting them all.
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May 10, 2013: Lena Libman, head of the Israel Antiquities Authority's Dead Sea Scrolls Conservation Lab, holds up fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Antiquities Authority laboratory in Jerusalem.
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An Israel Museum worker points at the word "Jerusalem" written in a part of the Isaiah Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, inside the vault of the Shrine of the Book building at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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A screenshot of a section from the Temple Scroll, one of five Dead Sea Scrolls made accessible online thanks to a partnership between Israel's national museum and web giant Google.

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Dr. Adolfo Roitman presents a part of the Isaiah Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, inside the vault of the Shrine of the Book building at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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A tourist is silhouetted standing near a replica of the Dead Sea Scrolls on display inside the Shrine of the Book building at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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An Israel Antiquities Authority, IAA, worker presents fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, at the IAA offices at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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An IAA worker presents fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, at the Antiquities offices at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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Dr. Adolfo Roitman presents a part of the Isaiah Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, inside the vault of the Shrine of the Book building.

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The shores of the Dead Sea in Israel, so called because the lowest elevation on the face of the planet is also among the world's saltiest bodies of water.

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Ancient Dead Sea Scrolls up for sale

Two thousand years after they were written and decades after they were found in desert caves, some of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls are now up for sale. Read more

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