The book of Psalms contains fifteen Songs of Ascent (Psalms 120-134). Pilgrims would recite these Psalms while making their way “up” to Jerusalem for the three annual festivals (see Deuteronomy 16:16). Scholars also maintain that they were sung by the temple priests while ascending the steps leading up to the temple.
In 1956, Bedouin discovered Cave 11 at the site known as Qumran. Six different Psalms’ manuscripts emerged from the dusty cave next to the Dead Sea, revealing a plethora of insights into the way in which the sectarian group formed liturgies of both canonical and non-canonical Psalms.
The three leaves reproduced here contain portions of eleven of the fifteen Songs of Ascent. They date to the first half of the 1st century CE. Reading from right to left, Fragment #1 (11Q5 PL. 976/3) comprises Psalms 121-123:2, Fragment #2 (11Q5 PL. 976/2) contains Psalms 124:7-127:1 and Fragment #3 (11Q5 PL. 976/1), which has two columns, encompasses the words of Psalms 128:4-130:8 (Column 1, on Right) and Psalms 132:8-133:1 (Column 2, on Left).
Encased in an exquisite, acrylic frame, this scroll can be mounted on a wall or left free-standing on one’s desktop. The frames measure 6″ x 18″ x 0.5″. The two long stainless steel screws act as a stand thus allowing the scrolls to stand free on a desk or table. Package includes: mounting brackets, detailed artifact description & serial number.
- Display / Frame – Acrylic Frame
- Artifact dated back to 1st century CE
- Artifact location: IAA, Israel Museum
- Depth: 0.5 cm
- Dimensions of original: 17.4 cm x 55 cm
- IAA Access Number – 602597
- Portion in Bible – Psalms 126
- Replica size – 50 %
- Site of Origin Qumran, Cave 11
- Weight: 1 lbs
- Width: 17.7 inches
- Height: 5.7 inches