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Fogg Will Unroll Book of Lamech


After two days of study, officials at Fogg Museum have decided to attempt to unroll a 2,000-year-old leather scroll believed to contain the oldest Old Testament text in existence.

Director John P. Coolidge '35 announced last night that the task of opening the scroll will be under the direction of Rutherford J. Gettens '29, director of technical research. Gettens conducted preliminary tests on the brittle parchment last week and decided it could be opened without being destroyed.

Biblical scholars believe the scroll is the lost book of Lamech, Noah's father, which may give an account of Noah's early life and his preparations for the flood. The job of unrolling the scroll is expected to take six months.

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