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Fragments of biblical treasure are up for sale

Sunday - 5/26/2013, 7:04am  ET

This Friday, May 10, 2013 photo shows the ten commandments written on one of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem. Nearly 70 years after the discovery of the world's oldest biblical manuscripts, the Palestinian family who originally sold them to scholars and institutions is now quietly marketing the leftovers - fragments the family says it has kept in a Swiss safe deposit box all these years. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

DANIEL ESTRIN
Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are up for sale -- in tiny pieces.

Nearly 70 years after the discovery of the world's oldest biblical manuscripts, the Palestinian family who originally sold them to scholars and institutions is now quietly marketing the leftovers -- fragments the family says it has kept in a Swiss safe deposit box all these years.

Most of these scraps are barely postage-stamp-sized, and some are blank. But in the last few years, evangelical Christian collectors and institutions in the U.S. have forked out millions of dollars for a chunk of this archaeological treasure. This angers Israel's government antiquities authority, which holds most of the scrolls,
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