Dead Sea Scrolls Put Online for the World to See
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Those scrolls of the Dead Sea, the Dead Sea Scrolls, once approachable by only a very select few, are now available for viewing by anyone with an internet connection, thanks to a collaboration between Google and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Most people have two questions about Dead Sea Scrolls: 1. What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? And 2. Where are the Dead Sea Scrolls? Now the answer to the second question is easy: they are online (see link below).

As to the first question, put simply, the Dead Sea Scrolls are the earliest known biblical documents from around the time of Christ (thought to be from 125 years before the birth of Christ through about 70 years after). They were discovered between 1947 and 1956, in a series of eleven caves along the Dead Sea, and include the earliest known versions of many books of the Hebrew bible, along with other relevant documents. And now they are online!


The Dead Sea Scrolls are housed at the Israel Museum, in Jerusalem. Explains James Snyder, the director of the museum, “We are privileged to house in the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book the best preserved and most complete Dead Sea Scrolls ever discovered. They are of paramount importance among the touchstones of monotheistic world heritage, and they represent unique highlights of our Museum’s encyclopedic holdings. Now, through our partnership with Google, we are able to bring these treasures to the broadest possible public.”

The scrolls are written in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic, and include many (and multiple) copies of various books of the bible, including Psalms, Deuteronomy, 1 Enoch, Genesis, Isaiah, Jubilees and Exodus.

The origin of the Dead Sea Scrolls is both not known with certainly, and debated, but generally they are believed to have been written by members of a Jewish sect known as the Essenes.

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Part of the Dead Sea Scroll showing the Book of Isaiah

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You can view the Dead Sea Scrolls online here.

 

By the way, if this interests you, you may also find this article interesting:

Library of Congress Puts Thousands of Old Photos on Flickr

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