A Little About the Scrolls

What are they?

The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of Hebrew writings dating from the 3rd century BC through the 1st century AD that were discovered in caves in Qumran, a region on the north shores of the Dead Sea, by Beduin shepherds in 1947. Over 800 scrolls have  now been discovered, as well as the remains of a community that was living at Qumran around the time of Jesus. The writings end about the time of the Jewish Rebellion and following destruction of Jerusalem (and the Second Temple) by the Romans.

Why do we care?

The Scrolls are arguably the most important archaeological find of the twentieth century, especially for Catholics. Within the Hebrew texts are books from the Old Testament 1200 years older than previous sources, showing the Septuagint was a faithful translation of the Hebrew Bible. They also shed light on the writings of St. Paul and St. John through the texts about the community living near the caves at the time of Jesus, who were likely part of the Essene sect of Judaism. To learn more, please listen to "The Dead Sea Scrolls: Shedding New Light on the Scriptures and the Church" by Dr. John Bergsma on FORMED.org. A free outline for the talk can be found here.

Why is this exhibit special?

The Scrolls rarely leave Israel due to their fragile nature as well as issues stemming from claims of ownership from Jordan and the Palestinian National Authority. The scrolls currently displayed in Denver have never left Israel before and, once they return to Israel, they will be sealed in a climate-controlled environment for at least five years. Our tour will view the second set of ten scrolls, which includes a scroll that has never been on public display before.


Saturday, July 28th, 2018

8:30 am - arrive at St. Joseph for car pool (if planning to use car pool)

9:00 am - arrive at Museum, get tickets, begin exploring exhibit

12:00 pm - lunch (lunch is not included in the price of ticket)

1:00 pm - IMAX Jerusalem, a special IMAX showing beautiful footage of Jerusalem and the Holy Land

2:00 pm - St. Joseph's visit concludes (carpools return to St. Joseph, individuals may stay and revisit the museum)


The cost is $25 per person and includes entrance into the Museum and the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit. It does not include lunch. Payments by cash or check can be turned into the Parish Office. If you would like to attend, but have financial concerns please email Andrew at andrewm@stjoegold.org.


Lunch is not included in the cost of the tour but can be purchased at the Museum. You can find out more about the T-Rex Cafe and Grab and Go here.

Want to Join us?

Online registration for this event has closed. If you are still interested in coming, please contact Andrew McGown (andrewm@stjoegold.org or 303-279-4464) to see if there are still spots available. Thank you.