Temporary Exhibitions: Dead Sea Scrolls

Areas of Expertise

Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit Dates: March 16 - September 3  


Preview - Thursday, 11/16, 1:30-2:30, Ricketson

Session I - Tuesday, 1/30 1:30-4:30 OR 6:00-9:00, Ricketson

Session II - Tuesday, 3/6 1:30-4:30 OR 6:00-9:00, Ricketson

Session III - Tuesday, 3/13 6:00-9:00 OR Wednesday, 3/14 1:00-4:00, Exhibit and Rotations in Ricketson and Science Atrium

Session IV - Wednesday, 4/25, 5:30-7:30, Southeast Atrium


Use this FORM to record the Dead Sea Scrolls Training Videos you have watched.


Supplemental Handouts


Dead Sea Scrolls Discovery Slides

The Western Wall

Gary R. Handout 1

Gary R. Handout 2

Timeline (4-room House and Pots)


Dead Sea Scrolls Manual

 Virtual Walkthroughs of the Exhibition (see video above)


Exhibition Labels

  • These are all the graphics and labels in the exhibition. Note that there may be some differences on the version that appear in Denver.
  • A special prize to those who spot the puzzling mistake in the epic timeline (this has since been corrected)!
  • We will provide several large-size versions of these for review as we get into the training period.
  • Exhibition Labels - Part 1
  • Exhibition Labels - Part 2


The Scrolls Coming to Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Due to light restrictions, we will have one set of scroll fragments opening through June, and a second set of scroll fragments for June through close.  Each set has a scroll fragment which is on display for the public for the first time.




Recommended Resources


  • The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction.Timothy H Lim. Oxford. University Press, 2017.
    • An accessible overview from historical, cultural, religious and scientific perspectives that also includes a brief description of the Jewish sects of the second temple period. It also addresses some of the controversies around the Scrolls, both from popular and scientific perspectives.


  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library.  Israel Antiquities Authority. http://www.deadseascrolls.org.il
    An excellent website offering high-resolution images of the scrolls and background on their discovery.


  • The Great Courses: The Dead Sea Scrolls.  Professor Gary A. Rendsburg, Rutgers University.  https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/dead-sea-scrolls.html. Available in Baily Library and Denver Public Library.
    • This course consists of 24 half-hour lectures.  The entire course is excellent; however each class stands alone and so you could focus on a few which seem most interesting to you.


  • The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls.Jodi Magness. Eerdmans, 2009.
    • Jodi Magness is one of the leading archaeological scholars of the Qumran site.  This book provides an overview of the archaeology of Qumran, highlighting features of the dig site and found artifacts.  Magness addresses some of the debates within the archaeology community related to the site, providing evidence to refute some of the less supported ideas of who lived at Qumran and questions about the purpose of the settlement.


  • Virtual Qumran Tour. Hebrew University.  http://virtualqumran.huji.ac.il/
    • An excellent visual and descriptive tour content is provided by Jodi Magness (see "Archeology of Qumran" above above), and extensive material related to the Scrolls-Qumran connection.



Exhibition Resources

  • Virtual Walkthrough of the Exhibit, Dr. Lawrence Schiffman.  https://youtu.be/n_9VS6ld51g
    • This short video gives you a look at the exhibition as it was displayed in Discovery Times Square, NY.


  • Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition Catalogue.
    • This exhibition catalogue is customized for each venue, and includes both general information about the exhibition content and objects, plus descriptions of the specific scrolls to be featured in the exhibition.  Hard copies or a link to an online version will be shared as soon as are available. 


Children's Resources

  • The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hagit Allon, et al. The Israel Museum, 2003.
    • A children's story depicting an 11 year-old boy who sleuths his way to discover more about the Dead Sea Scrolls for a school project.  In his search for clues, the boy's explorations take him to the Shrine of the Book Museum and to the Qumran digsite where he meets an archaeologist to guide his investigations.


  • Daily Life at the Time of Jesus, Miriam Feinberg Vamosh. Palphot, 2003.
    • An illustrated historical overview suitable for all ages that starts from the time right before the rule of Herod (40 BCE) to after the fall of Masada (79CE). This book provides a variety of maps, illustrations, as well as pictures of landscapes, ruins, artifacts that help to depict daily life customs, events, and locations.



Further Resources


  • A Portable God:  The Origin of Judaism and Christianity. Kohn, Risa Levitt, and Rebecca  Moore. Rowman & Littlefield, 2007




  • Judaism and the Origins of Christianity. David Flusser. Magnes Press: Hebrew University, 1988.


  • Early Judaism: Religious Worlds of the First Judaic Millennium. Martin S Jaffee. University Press of Maryland, 2006.


  • The Story of the Jews Volume One: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD, Simon Schama. Ecco/HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.


  • The Source: a Novel. James A Michener. Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2014.



The following two coffee-table books are available from the Denver Public Library:

  • A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: from the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present. Elie Barnavi, et al. Schocken Books, 2002.
  • Biblica - The Bible Atlas A Social and Historical Journey Through the Lands of the Bible. Barry J. Beitzel Global Book Publishing, 2008.