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Rarely seen scroll segment to be displayed

/ Source: The Associated Press

A rarely displayed segment of the Dead Sea Scrolls is part of an exhibition for U.S. President George W. Bush and other dignitaries attending Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations next month.

The ancient manuscripts date back over 2,000 years and contain almost the full text of the Jewish Bible, as well as early Christian texts.

The segment on display will be from Psalm 133. It reads: "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity."

There are about 1,000 segments of the ancient scroll. Eight pieces are on permanent display at the Israel Museum and the rest, including Psalm 133, are kept by the Israel Antiquities Authority and rarely shown, a spokesman said Wednesday.