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1st Century A.D.


This fragment from the Dead Sea scrolls, 4Q41, has been named the “Ten Commandments scroll” because it preserves the entire Decalogue, the Ten Commandments, in the form that has been handed down to us to this day. The text reads from right to left and begins with Deuteronomy 5:1 on the right and ends with verse 33 on the far left. The Ten Commandments begin in the first column on the right, line 12, and end in the third column from the right, line 12. The original scroll dates to the latter half of the 1st century AD.


University Special Collections

Digitization Date

March 18, 2022

Original Format

Photographic Reproduction

Archives Collection

Bible Heritage Collection

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Photo Credit

Scott Huck

Screen Reader Description

Color photograph of a portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls


Cedarville, Biblical Heritage Gallery, Dead Sea Scrolls, Deuteronomy