In 1947, a shepherd stumbled upon a hidden cave along the shore of the Dead Sea. Concealed inside were ancient scrolls that had not been seen for 2,000 years. Over the next decade, archaeologists ultimately found a total of 972 scrolls , including the oldest known copies of portions of the Hebrew bible.
The Museum Center is currently featuring a special exhibit developed by the Israel Antiquities Authority entitled The Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Israel. In addition to a creative display of scroll fragments, the exhibit features more than 500 objects uncovered through ongoing archaeological digs from the Biblical to Byzantine period in Israel.
To talk about the Dead Sea Scrolls, Dan was joined by Dr. Jason Kalman, who holds the Dr. Alfred Gottschalk - John and Marianne Slade Chair for an emerging scholar in Jewish Intellectual History at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. He is also an editor of H-Judaic, an on-line network devoted to on-going research and current events in academic Jewish studies.
Two great things about the place we live. First, the geography. Because of glacial action over millions of years, the regions valleys and hillsides create great vistas. There is always something above and below you. Second, our love of community and neighborhood. No place do those qualities come together more dramatically or beautifully than in Mt. Adams.
Dan was joined by the creative pair of Neil Bortz and J. Miles Wolf. They have created a fantastic new book, Mount Adams: An Urban Island.