Berit Engen: WEFT and D'RASH – Weaving a Thousand Jewish Tapestries


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– Scrolls in Transit Thanks to a Goat


Housed in the Shrine of the Book, a wing of the Israeli Museum, the Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest fragments of the Hebrew Bible to have been found.
 
Qumran, 1947: the first seven of the Dead Sea scrolls were found. The tapestries depict the discovery and the scrolls journey from being stumbled upon by teenage Bedouin shepherds to being carefully stored and displayed in Jerusalem.
As it throws light on Jewish society during the Second Temple period, as well as the origins of Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity, it is awe-inspiring to think that the knowledge was hidden from us for about two thousand years, the scrolls just standing there in desert silence.
 
Fortunately, ceramic jars with lids were made exclusively for their survival. I have tried to weave the paradox of the scrolls hiding in blackness sheltered from the revealing desert light.
 
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