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Oldest Known Copy of Ten Commandments Now on Display

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posted on May, 5 2015 @ 07:37 PM
If anyone is heading to Jerusalem soon, you may wish to check out the world's oldest copy of the 10 Commandments...never before open to public display.
In fact, the entire exhibit sounds pretty amazing.

Israel to display oldest known copy of Ten Commandments

2000-year-old scroll set will be exhibited with other artifacts as part of new Israel Museum show.

The world's oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is going on rare display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in an exhibit tracing civilization's most pivotal moments.

The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll, from a collection of the world's most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem, has never before been publicly displayed in Israel and has only been shown in brief exhibits abroad, said Pnina Shor of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The manuscript is so brittle that it will only be on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for two weeks before it is returned to a secure, pitch-black, climate-controlled storage facility at the museum.

It is one of 14 ancient objects displayed in "A Brief History of Humankind," an exhibit of historical objects spanning hundreds of thousands of years.

"When you are thinking about universal law, the universal principle of ethics, ... this is the first law that comes to your mind," exhibit curator Tania Coen-Uzzielli said.

The exhibit includes tools used in an elephant hunt from 1.5 million years ago, the oldest known remains of a communal bonfire from 800,000 years ago, skulls from the oldest remains of a family burial and the world's oldest complete sickle — a 9,000-year-old object that represents the transition from hunter-gatherers to settled civilization working the land.

These objects, framed in dramatically lit cases in a dark exhibition hall, all were discovered in the Holy Land, a testament to the region's central role in human history. The museum is mounting the exhibit to mark its 50th anniversary.

"After only 50 years, we may be one of only a very few museums worldwide that can tell such a broad story from its own holdings," museum director James Snyder said. "We are doing so with objects that originated here."

A 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian tablet on loan to the museum and 2,700-year-old coins from what is now Turkey, are also on display. An original handwritten manuscript of Albert Einstein's groundbreaking theory of relativity caps the exhibit.

posted on May, 5 2015 @ 07:50 PM
a reply to: IAMTAT

Would be good to see.
One thing though the 1.5 million year old tools used in the elephant hunt would have been made by Homo Erectus not actually "us".
Interesting also Erectus probably invented fire also.

Oh and the actual site is good also here.

posted on May, 6 2015 @ 01:38 AM
a reply to: IAMTAT

I have to say that is a spectacular collection, my main concern is the possibility of radical extremists of some sort destroying them. The precedent has been set and the world has proven its lack of interest in defending ancient artifacts time and again.

posted on May, 6 2015 @ 11:40 AM
"The 10 Commandments" are just an extract of Spell 125 from "The Egyptian Book of the Dead". The Hammurabi Code is a later version of this (circa 1.700 BCE (3,700 years ago)). The Jews wrote things down when they were kidnapped by Nebechanezzar (sp?) in about 500BCE. I see no big deal in seeing or finding some mere 2,000 year old manuscript that was copied.

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posted on May, 6 2015 @ 12:21 PM
I've been looking for lost information of the bible and beyond. I found this story awhile back.

Welcome to the Location of the Oldest known TEN Commandments, the only place on Earth where the name of GOD is found having been written into a stone altar dedicated to Him, and the First place of worship established to the Biblical GOD in America!

Oldest known 10 Commandments is in America, in Ancient Hebrew Script-From time of king Solomon
June 14, 2009, 7:43 am

edit on 6-5-2015 by The only 1 who knows the because: Update

posted on May, 6 2015 @ 02:39 PM
a reply to: The only 1 who knows the

Very interesting article and throws into question the history we learned in our high school history classes. If we only knew half of what we think we do, the world would look very different.

posted on May, 6 2015 @ 02:40 PM
I thought the ten commandments were written in stone.

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