Professor Marcello Fidanzio appointed scientific director of the Great Isaiah Scroll exhibition at the Israel Museum

Prof. Marcello Fidanzio at the entrance to Qumran Cave 11 reexcavated by FTL and USI in 2017 (Giorgio Skory) [580K]
Prof. Marcello Fidanzio at the entrance to Qumran Cave 11 reexcavated by FTL and USI in 2017 (Giorgio Skory) [580K]
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24 August 2023

Professor Marcello Fidanzio, a full professor at the Lugano Faculty of Theology (FTL) affiliated with Università della Svizzera italiana and director of the FTL Institute of Culture and Archaeology of Biblical Lands, has been appointed scientific director of the Great Isaiah Scroll exhibition. The exhibition is set to take place in Jerusalem in 2025, marking the 60th anniversary of the Israel Museum.

The Great Scroll of Isaiah is an artefact measuring seven metres and thirty-four centimetres, which contains the entire book of the prophet. It was written during the second century B.C. and is currently in excellent condition. Due to its remarkable state, it is regarded as the most significant of the Dead Sea Scrolls that were discovered in the Judah Desert in the past century.

This upcoming exhibition offers a rare chance to view the complete Scroll, which hasn't been publicly displayed in full since 1968. The event will showcase the findings of Professor Fidanzio's research project, "The Great Isaiah Scroll: A Biography," which he conducted alongside Hagit Maoz, a doctoral student at FTL and conservator of the Temple of the Book in Jerusalem.

 

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