Dead Sea Scrolls come to the ROM in 2009

The Royal Ontario Museum has announced that it will bring sixteen of the Dead Sea Scrolls to Toronto for an exhibit which will run June 27, 2009, until Jan. 3, 2010.

The exhibit will be accompanied by six months of special programs and lectures.

"They are foundation documents in the Jewish tradition, in the Christian tradition and they are seen as divinely inspired in the Islamic tradition," ROM chief executive William Thorsell said. "So this really gives us an opportunity in Ontario, where we have a lot of diverse people, to sit down and have some actual public debates about who wrote this material, how it's united but also divided people over the years, what the ideas are in them and how some of those ideas have changed. "