Visualizing Isaiah is an online exhibit by the Israeli Museum that highlights artifacts from the late eighth and early seventh centuries BCE. These tempestuous years, when the Assyrian Empire overthrew the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, also marked a time when the prophet Isaiah lived in Jerusalem. Readers interested in exploring the teachings of Isaiah and his prophecies may peruse the Book of Isaiah chapter-by-chapter or click on one of the museum's many artifacts from ancient Israel that the exhibit's curators have linked to text in the Book of Isaiah. These artifacts include wine jugs, figurines, and jewelry, as well as an assortment of other antiquities. Perhaps Isaiah's most notable prophecy is that in which he shares his vision of world peace (2:4); to help portray the imagery of this verse, curators have linked three of the museum's iron artifacts: a ceremonial sword, a hoe, and a plowshare. For a more interactive experience, visitors are welcome to uncover the secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls; all 66 chapters of the Book of Isaiah are documented on the Great Isaiah Scroll (dated to about 125 BCE), which represents only one of the seven Dead Sea Scrolls found in Qumran in 1947. Readers may examine the scroll in its original Hebrew or click on the digitized scroll for English translations. Visitors may also view the museum's other four digitized Dead Sea Scrolls or watch short video clips about the scrolls, each featuring Dr. Adolfo D. Roitman, curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Head of the Shrine of the Book.
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