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The oldest copy of the ten commandments is being exhibited in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, but they will only be exhibited for a short time since, in order to preserve them, they will again be well protected and replaced by replicas. Written in Hebrew more than 2,000 years ago, these scrolls were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in the caves of Qumram, on the Dead Sea.
A museum official has said that it is very rare to exhibit them because they are very fragile and sensitive and that is why they are exposed in a glass urn to control the temperature they had to endure.
When they are not displayed, they are kept without light in a room with controlled temperature, reproducing conditions similar to those of the cave where they were found, where humidity, temperature and darkness preserved the commandments for two millennia.
The scrolls of the ten commandments are part of the sample «A Brief History of Humanity«, An exhibition on human development from the Museum's collection that includes handwritten manuscripts of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity.
The scrolls, whose measurements are 46 x 8 cm, have been exhibited on other occasions in the United States and for this occasion, the Museum has said that due to the fragility they will be exposed only for four weeks, after which, a virtually identical reproduction.
The exhibition "A Brief History of Humanity»Is part of the Museum's 50th anniversary celebrations, which will last until January 2, 2016.