For biblical scholars, the Dead Sea Scrolls is the most important discovery of the last 70 years.
Discovered in Israel in 1947, they date as far back as 150 BC. Now, visitors can see the ancient scrolls at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Dallas.
The exhibit is the culmination of 40 years of work by the school's president Dr. Paige Patterson.
"Of all of the cities in the world, Fort Worth has the largest exhibit of Dead Sea documents outside of Jerusalem. And so Fort Worth should be ecstatic," she said.
Visitors also share in the excitement of seeing the scrolls as well as other authentic artifacts and replicas from the Middle East.
"This is just mind blowing," Betty Davis, an exhibit visitor, said.
"It is so very cool. I'm sitting here thinking I need to go to Jerusalem. I need to see everything first-hand," visitor Connie Pyatt added. "Can't wait to get inside and see the actual discoveries."
The scroll display sits in a dimly lit room designed to protect the sensitive documents from light and dry air.
A total of 21 fragments make up the exhibit. Many are from private collections that have never been seen by the public and rarely on display outside of Israel.
"The 'Genesis Document' is a large scroll fragment that is the largest in private hands now," Patterson explained. "It is beautifully done. They don't even need infrared to read this. It's just right out in the open there."
Visitors can view the pieces of biblical history through January 13, 2013.