Ancient Hebrew Manuscripts to Be Put on Public Display by Library of Congress

Three ancient Hebrew scrolls said to be 1,000 years older than any previously known Biblical manuscripts will go on public display for the first time anywhere in the world at the Library of Congress beginning Oct. 23.

The Library described the scrolls as the “greatest single manuscript discovery of modern times” and called the finding of the manuscripts in a cave near Jericho in 1937 “a page from the story of a thousand-and-one-nights.” The display will include the complete text of the Book of Isaiah in the original, which is “22 feet long and in a state of almost perfect preservation.” The display will be placed near the Shrine of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.