Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Isaiah Scroll back in the Shrine of the Book

As part of the commemorations of the State of Israel's 60th anniversary, the Israel Museum will display major sections of the Qumran Isaiah scroll from May 16 through August 30th, reports ArtDaily. The permanent display for the Dead Sea Scrolls in "the Shrine of the Book" was designed in 1965 to present the Isaiah scroll in the elevated spindle at its center. Concerns for the preservation of the scroll, however, resulted in its being replaced by a facsimile for most of the past 40 years. Now it will reappear temporarily in the place designed for it.

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