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Ten Commandments scroll at Museum Center

A brief engagement of the Ten Commandments begins on Good Friday at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

The 2,100 year old scroll is the oldest and best preserved parchment manuscript of the Ten Commandments. The display will be open to the public until April 14, and joins ten additional scrolls in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times exhibition.

Written in Hebrew between 50 BCE - 1 BCE on a parchment, the scroll measures just over 18 inches by 3 inches.

A special gift from Great American Insurance Group enabled the Museum Center to bring this treasure to Cincinnati. "It is a privilege to support Cincinnati Museum Center in their extraordinary efforts to provide our community with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness one of the most esteemed religious artifacts known to man," said S. Craig Lindner, co-president and co-CEO, Great American Insurance Group. "Great American Insurance Group is honored to sponsor this remarkable exhibition."

This 17-day exhibition period of the Ten Commandments Scroll at the Cincinnati Museum Center is the longest that the Israel Antiquities Authority has allowed it outside Israel since 2007 because of the scroll's universal importance, its fragility and its age.

Following the exhibition, the Ten Commandments scroll will be returned to Israel.

Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times exhibit closes on April 14.

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