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Report: 5 Dead Sea Scrolls ‘fake’ at Museum of Bible

The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., is reportedly removing five artifacts from its Dead Sea Scrolls display after scientific testing indicated the fragments were not authentic.

According to CNN, scholars in Germany sampled the fragments and determined that five “show characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin and therefore will no longer be displayed at the museum.”

“Though we had hoped the testing would render different results, this is an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of verifying the authenticity of rare biblical artifacts, the elaborate testing process undertaken and our commitment to transparency,” Jeffrey Kloha, chief curatorial officer for the Museum of the Bible, told the network.

“As an educational institution entrusted with cultural heritage, the museum upholds and adheres to all museum and ethical guidelines on collection care, research and display.”

The authentic Dead Sea Scrolls make up the earliest surviving pieces of the Old Testament. They were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in the Qumran caves of the Judean Desert.