Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Google launches Dead Sea Scrolls online

After more than 60 years after their discovery Israel and Google have put them online for the world to read with over 5000 images for your enjoyment.
The CBC reports:

"Posted Tuesday, the digital library contains the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the second listing of the Ten Commandments, and a portion of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century BC.

Israeli officials said this is part of an attempt by the custodians of the celebrated manuscripts — often criticized for allowing them to be monopolized by small circles of scholars — to make them broadly available.

"Only five conservators worldwide are authorized to handle the Dead Sea Scrolls," said Shuka Dorfman, director of the Israel Antiquities Authority. "Now, everyone can touch the scroll on screen around the globe."

Last year, Google partnered with the Israel Museum to put five scrolls online."

amazing stuff, great resource for any biblical scholar

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