A Database of Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibitions in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Nearly 80 years have passed since the discovery of Cave 1 in Qumran. Over the eight decades, countless books, documentaries, and articles about the Dead Sea Scrolls have appeared. Furthermore, more than a hundred exhibitions featuring scrolls as the main attraction have been set up. This Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibitions in the 20th and 21st Centuries database aspires to include all of them.

The database has four entrances. You may start exploring through searching, browsing the map, or scrolling the list of exhibitions and Dead Sea Scrolls. Please feel to use and refer the information provided here. Last updated on 13 May 2021. 

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Exhibitions

What is an exhibition? In the most general sense, an exhibition is an organised presentation and display of a selection of objects. Thus, the databases exclude private showings.

Dead Sea Scrolls

What is a Dead Sea Scroll? This question may appear straightforward. However, it is not. Charlotte Hempel identifies two stances that pervade the discussions. The first of them is a narrower definition. Here it is only the scrolls deriving from the few caves surrounding Khirbet Qumran. These are referred to as Cave 1, Cave 2 et cetera.

The second stance embraces a broader definition of what constitutes a Dead Sea Scroll. Hence in a geographical sense. The caves surrounding Khirbet Qumran is one of many archaeological find spots in the Judean Desert. The broader definition encompasses scrolls from several archaeological sites.

This database uses two significant works as the basis for cataloguing the included Dead Sea Scrolls. These are Revised Lists of the Texts from the Judaean Desert by Emanuel Tov (2010) and “A Provisional List of Unprovenanced, Twenty-First Century, Dead Sea Scrolls-like Fragments” by Eibert Tigchelaar (2017). Scrolls outside these are included if they fall under the broader definition of scrolls. The database also encompasses facsimiles of scrolls meetings these criteria.

The Database is still under construction and features like search is still under development. A more throughfully version is available at https://ludvik-a-kjeldsberg.com/academic_research/projects-dssexhibitions/.