If you have the time and the means to visit Israel right now, you can see something that few modern people have seen.
At the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, a very special document will be on display.
What is it?
The Museum's website heading describes it as:
Genesis Retold: An exceptional Dead Sea Scroll.
As you see, the scroll is in very bad condition, and this is the first time it has put on display. Here's what the Museum has to say about that scroll.
A Rare View of an Exceptional Dead Sea Scroll
Genesis Apocryphon starting March 15
70 years ago, the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in the Judean Desert, containing the oldest copies of the Bible. This was considered the most meaningful archaeological discovery in the 20th century.
The Genesis Apocryphon is one of the seven Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1947. Its text is a reworking of parts of Genesis, at times remaining close to the biblical version, but at times the biblical narrative is expanded through the incorporation of extra-biblical tradition.
The scroll, is extremely fragile, which is why it had not been not exhibited in the past 50 years. Now, in honor of the State of Israel's 70th birthday, the Museum offers the opportunity of a lifetime to view this rare scroll before it is put back into storage for the future decades.
"The scroll is unique. There is no other like it," says Dr. Adolfo Roitman, who curated the exhibition with Hagit Maoz. "The parts that survived are written in Aramaic and describe the heroes of the past: Lamech, Enoch, Noah and Abraham. The fragment on display retells Noah's story after the Deluge, as told in Genesis. The text sometimes remains close to the biblical version, but at times it expands through the incorporation of extra-biblical traditions. This serves as a source from which one can learn about the political, social and economic reality of those days".