Dead Sea Scrolls On Display In Times Square [Pics]
Discovery Times Square features an exhibition of over 500 artifacts from ancient biblical times, including the sacred texts.
The neon lights and densely concentrated media space of Times Square is currently housing some of antiquity’s most famed works–sacred texts that form a substantial framework for human history and culture.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of texts from the Hebrew Bible, are on exhibition at Discovery Times Square. Among them are over 500 ancient artifacts, never before seen, and actual stone from the Western Wall of the Second Temple. The Discovery Times Square museum has ten of the scrolls, some from the first discovery, made in 1947.
The scrolls are only on view for 90 days at a time, and the lighting is low in order to preserve their state. The exhibit, which goes until mid-April, presents the viewer with a window into unique stories from a very distant past and a chance to see the scrolls in Aramaic Hebrew script, although the word of God is written in Paleo Hebrew script.
The exhibit itself takes visitors through a dimly lit and quiet space, featuring neutral tones and minimalist lighting that allow the works to stand out and makes it easy to forget that they are steps away from the cacophony of color that is Times Square.