Swords into Plowshares The Isaiah Scroll and Its Message of Peace

May 19, 2008-September 16, 2008
Location: Shrine of the Book
Curator: Adolfo Roitman, Michal Dayagi-Mendels
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel, the Israel Museum presented the longest, best preserved, and most complete Dead Sea Scroll document ever found, in a special installation in the Shrine of the Book. Never before shown in an extended public display, this 2.60 meter-long section of the Isaiah Scroll comprises the first twenty-eight chapters of the Book of Isaiah, including Isaiah’s celebrated message of peace: "They shall beat their swords into plowshares…" (Is. 2:4). In order to illustrate this important message, iron tools from the days of the prophet Isaiah (8th century BCE) were displayed alongside the Scroll. A Hellenistic seal depicting a dove carrying an olive branch, newly excavated and never before displayed, was on view.