Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dead Sea Scrolls go digital

Dead Sea Scrolls Go Digital on New Interactive Website Created by the Israel Museum and Google

Ultra Hi-Res Imagery and Google Technology Enable Users Worldwide to Explore Oldest Known Biblical Manuscript as Never Before

September 26, 2011 Jerusalem, Israel – The Israel Museum launches today its Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project, allowing users to examine and explore these ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible. Developed in partnership with Google, the new website gives users access to searchable, fast-loading, high-resolution images of the scrolls, as well as short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history. The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence, offer critical insight into Jewish society in the Land of Israel during the Second Temple Period, the time of the birth of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. Five complete scrolls from the Israel Museum have been digitized for the project at this stage and are accessible online at dss.collections.imj.org.il.

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