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The Dead Sea Scrolls

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The Book of War Scroll is on exhibit at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City.

Tuesday, we're talking about the Dead Sea Scrolls and about life and faith in ancient Israel. Our guest is the Biblical scholar Risa Levitt Kohn, co-curator of a new exhibit at The Leonardo.  The scrolls include the earliest known Biblical texts as well as non-canonical writings, and Kohn says they reveal the theological soup of ideas that people were working through some 2,000 years ago. We'll explore how that soup gave birth to Judaism and Christianity and why Kohn says the similarities between the two far outweigh their differences. 

Risa Levitt Kohn is co-author of The Portable God [ Indiebound | Amazon ] and one of the curator's of Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times.

The exhibit runs through April 27, 2014 at The Leonardo in downtown Salt Lake City. For tickets and information, call the museum at 801-531-9800 or visit them online.

You can also see an online exhibit of the scrolls here

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.