The exhition showcases a number of unique pieces, including fragments of three of the first scrolls discovered in the caves at Qumran, near the shores of the Dead Sea. This was one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century.
The fragments shown in this major premiere at Pointe-à-Callière are from scrolls that were discovered in 1947 and are among the most symbolic parts of this incomparable library: The War of the Sons of Light with the Sons of Darkness, The Community Rule and Isaiah B. The War and Isaiah scrolls have never before left Israel.
Most of the artifacts in the exhibition are from digs conducted at major sites in Jerusalem, Massada, Arad, Beit Shemesh and other towns and cities from biblical and Roman times.
For Montréal and Canada as a whole, this is a unique opportunity to see a heritage collection of worldwide importance.
This exhibition was organized by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem in collaboration with Pointe-à-Callière. The pieces are on loan from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Library and Archives of Canada. The Canadian Museum of Civilization is a partner in the exhibition.