Obama Views Collection of Ancient Artifacts From Israel

Franklin Institute exhibit includes 20 scrolls, including oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible.

During a trip to Philadelphia on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama visited The Franklin Institute's exhibit, Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times, which is a collection of ancient artifacts from Israel.

The exhibit has 20 scrolls, including the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible and four never-before-seen scrolls, according to an Obama for America press release.

On Wednesday, Obama will present Israeli President Shimon Peres with the Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.

Obama in Philadelphia June 12, 2012 (Sabina Louise Pierce)
Sabina Louise Pierce