Dead Sea scrolls online

The Dead Sea Scrolls are now available online. Google assisted the Israel Museum in digitizing what is widely believed to be the most significant archaeological find of the 20th century, the BBC reports.

Five scrolls have been captured, including the Temple Scroll and Great Isaiah Scroll.

Ardon Bar-Hama, a noted photographer of antiquities, used ultraviolet-protected flash tubes to light the scrolls for 1/4000th of a second. The exposure time – which is much shorter than a conventional camera flash – was designed to protect the scrolls from damage.

The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered between 1947 and 1956 inside 11 caves along the shore of the Dead Sea, East of Jerusalem.

  • John P.

    Finally. I’ve been waiting to read those.

  • BJ

    So…. can I download to my kindle 🙂

  • JackU

    I think the amazing thing is that the scroll fragments are still able to be digitized. In the early days after the discovery of the scrolls what was thought to be proper preservation technique may have caused as much damage as 2000 years in the caves. Since they have learned more about the best ways to preserve the fragments they have been able keep them in better shape. The exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota last year contained 15 total fragments, but only 5 were on view at any one time. They had 3 sets that were out for one third of the exhibit each. (I work as a volunteer at the Science Museum and even though I did not work that exhibit the staff provided background information for us.) The nice thing about this project is that it will make the scrolls available to scholars who might otherwise never get to study them directly.