Obama visits Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit
June 15, 2012 Leave a comment
By Lauren Appelbaum, Political Director
Washington, June 15 – Taking a break while fundraising in Philadelphia, President Obama visited the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Franklin Institute. The president was in town for a fundraiser Tuesday in the Franklin Institute’s Fels Planetarium.
The Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times exhibit is running through October 14, 2012. Featured in the exhibit are a total of twenty scrolls, displayed ten at a time, including the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible and four never-before-seen scrolls. The exhibit was put together with the help of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The next day Obama awarded Israeli President Shimon Peres the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House dinner. The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor bestowed by a U.S. President.