Thirty portions of copies of the book of Deuteronomy were discovered amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls. This particular scroll, 4Q41 PL. 981, is unique in that there is evidence of it being used as a liturgical document. More importantly, however, the scroll preserves the entire Decalogue (Ten Commandments) in the form that has been handed down to us this day.
This photographic reproduction begins with Deuteronomy 5:1 (first column, beginning from right) and ends with verse 33 (fourth column, on the far left). The Ten Commandments begin on the first column, line 12, and ends on the third column, line 12.
The original scroll (including its Deut. 8 leaf) measures 7.1 x 45 cm as preserved and dates to the latter half of the 1st Century CE.
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 second half of 1st century BCE
- Artifact location: IAA, Israel Museum
- Dimensions of original: 7.1 cm x 45 cm
- IAA Access Number – 579160
- Portion in Bible – Deuteronomy 5:1-33
- Replica size – 80 %
- Site of Origin Qumran, Cave 4
- Weight: 1 lbs
- Width: 17.7 inches
- Height: 5.7 inches
- Depth: 0.5 inch