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Bishop Who Sold Yadin Dead Sea Scrolls Visits Holy Places for First Time

The man who sold the Dead Sea Scrolls to Prof. Yigal Yadin more than 20 years ago visited Christian Holy Places in East Jerusalem and the West Bank today for the first time in two decades. He is Athanasus Jesus Samuel, now the Syrian Orthodox Bishop of the United States and Canada, who was visiting Israel as a guest of his church here. Because of his transaction with the Israeli archaeologist and general, Bishop Samuel was banned from Jordan and the other Arab states and was unable to visit the Holy Places while they were under Jordanian rule. He also paid a visit today to the Israel Museum.