9.27.2011

Five of the Dead Sea Scrolls Go Online

The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project has completed digitization of five of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The digitized scrolls include Great Isaiah Scroll, War Scroll, Commentary on the Habakkuk Scroll, Temple Scroll, and Community Rule Scroll. The direct link for this resource is Digital Dead Sea Scrolls.  The site includes tools for examining the digital images.

This effort is funded by George Blumenthal and the Center for Online Judaic Studies, which first envisioned the project in order to make these manuscripts widely accessible and to create an innovative resource for scholars and the public alike.

Tens of thousands of fragments from 900 Dead Sea manuscripts are held by the Israel Antiquities Authority, which has separately begun its own project to put them online in conjunction with Google by the year 2016.

The most complete scrolls are held by the Israel Antiquities Authority, which has no announced plans for digitizing the manuscripts.

from The Spartanburg Herald Journal Online and The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project website

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