Dr. Juilee Decker welcomes students and explains about the exhibit they are to view.

Dr. Juilee Decker welcomes students and explains about the exhibit they are to view.

Among the many off-campus experiences for Georgetown College students are trips to interesting and meaningful places. One taken recently was to the Cincinnati Museum Center to examine their “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times” exhibit.

Led by Dr. Juilee Decker, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art, and Dr. Terry Clark, Associate Professor of Religion, twenty students and faculty attended, representing the Departments of History and Religion as well as the Ensor Learning Resource Center. “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times” features the most comprehensive collection of ancient artifacts from Israel ever organized, including one of the largest collections of the priceless 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls.

Considered among the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, the Scrolls contain the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible. Of the more than 500 objects from the Biblical to Byzantine Period in Israel, many objects are from recent archaeological excavations in Jerusalem and have never been publicly exhibited.

Students at Georgetown College routinely enjoy out-of-classroom opportunities to add depth and breadth to their knowledge. The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit continues through mid-April, 2013.