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Ten Commandments scroll on display

A well-preserved 2,000-year-old scroll of the Ten Commandments is going on display for the first time in New York City.

The tiny scroll will be shown for 10 days at the Discovery Times Square exhibition space before returning to Israel.

The parchment, which dates to between 50 BC and 1 AD, must be kept in a light and humidity-controlled environment to avoid deterioration. It was discovered in a cave near the Dead Sea in 1952.

Exhibit curator Risa Levitt Kohn said it is a rare opportunity to see the oldest parchment copy of the Ten Commandments.

The scroll is on display with about 900 other scrolls also discovered in caves near the Dead Sea by Bedouin shepherds between 1947 and 1956.

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