Ancient stone to be part of scroll exhibit in NYC

By the Associated Press | October 21, 2011 | 12:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A three-ton stone from Jerusalem's Western Wall will be part of an upcoming exhibition on the Dead Sea Scrolls in New York City.

The stone was installed Tuesday at Discovery Times Square.

It will be part of "Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times," which opens Oct. 28.

The exhibit is created by the Israel Antiquities Authority from the collections of the Israel National Treasures.

Visitors will be able to leave prayer notes inside the stone. The notes will be sent to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

It's believed that the stone was part of a retaining wall that enclosed a temple destroyed by the Romans 2,000 years ago.

The scrolls shed light on the development of the Hebrew Bible and the origins of Christianity.