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Dead Sea Scrolls Online

Thomas Whitley

The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library: The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is very proud to present the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, a free online digitized virtual library of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hundreds of manuscripts made up of thousands of fragments – discovered from 1947 and until the early 1960’s in the Judean Desert along the western shore of the Dead Sea – are now available to the public online.

I see this being immensely helpful to both scholars and the general public. For starters, these high quality digital images are often easier to read and reveal more about the texts than can be seen by examining the scrolls in person with a magnifying glass or microscope. We need more efforts like this to digitize manuscripts and make them available for free to scholars and the general public.

Bonus: Short video about the project with the great Emanuel Tov, with NASA and Google shout-outs to boot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Yp6nLMPt-og