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Landmark Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition at the Science Museum to Feature Twenty-eight Folios From The Saint John's Bible
Inclusion of original pages from The Saint John’s Bible – pages that have never been seen in the Twin Cities –allows the juxtaposition of the world’s oldest and newest hand-scribed Bibles

St. Paul, Minn. – When The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition makes its debut at the Science Museum of Minnesota on March 12, 2010, it will include a gallery devoted to The Saint John's Bible. Displaying the original folios from The Saint John's Bible, which is the world’s newest hand-scribed, commissioned Bible by 500 years, provides a compelling juxtaposition with the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are the oldest hand-scribed biblical manuscript by 2000 years.



This scroll fragment depicts Genesis 48: 8-10, which describes the patriarch Jacob and his blessing of Joseph's sons, Ephraim and Manasseh.  It will appear in The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, which opens on March 12, 2010 at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Image courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

"We're thrilled to include The Saint John's Bible in our exhibition of The Dead Sea Scrolls," comments Mike Day, senior vice president of museum enterprises at the Science Museum of Minnesota. "Not only is it stunning in its beauty and splendor, but it also provides incredible context for our visitors. Many of the same techniques used to transcribe the Dead Sea Scrolls more than 2,000 years ago are still being used today on The Saint John's Bible. At the same time, though, The Saint John's Bible is an extremely meaningful example of a biblical manuscript for today's contemporary world."

The exhibition at the Science Museum will include original folios, or individual vellum pages, from the recently-completed volumes of The Saint John's Bible: Prophets and Wisdom Books. Neither of these volumes have been displayed in the Twin Cities before. Highlights will include Vision of Isaiah, Suffering Servant, Valley of the Dry Bones, Ezekiel's Vision of the New Temple, Job Frontispiece, Seven Pillars of Wisdom and The Garden of Desire. In addition, the exhibition will feature original artist tools, sketches and materials from Jackson's scriptorium.



A detail from the
Job Frontispiece from The Saint John's Bible. Artist Donald Jackson.

"The Saint John's Bible makes a statement about faith, as well as the importance of art and imagination," says Tim Ternes, Director of The Saint John's Bible at Saint John's University. "We are pleased to share our work and introduce new elements of the project to Twin Cities audiences through this exhibition."

The display of The Saint John's Bible will be included in The Dead Sea Scrolls, Words that Changed the World exhibition, which opens Friday, March 12, 2010, at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Tickets are $28 for adults and $22 for kids and seniors. (Ticket price includes museum admission, The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, and a Dead Sea Scrolls audio tour, which features adult and family versions.) As with past exhibits, admission to The Dead Sea Scrolls will be timed and dated; visitors will be asked to choose a specific date for their visit when they purchase their tickets, as well as a time to enter The Dead Sea Scrolls. For more information visit http://www.smm.org/scrolls.

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