Dead Sea Scrolls to go online

Jerusalem – The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include the oldest handwritten copies ever found of parts of the Hebrew Bible – or Old Testament – are going online.


Israel has joined forces with Google to photograph the entire 2,000-year-old collection of 900 manuscripts, comprising some 30,000 fragments, and make them accessible to anyone with Internet access around the globe – for the first time since they were discovered in a West Bank cave network some 60 years ago.


The project aims to “preserve this unrivalled cultural heritage treasure, which belongs to all of us, so that the public with a click of the mouse will be able to freely access history in its fullest glamour,” said Shuka Dorfman, the director of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).


The Dead Sea Scrolls were found between 1947 and 1956 in 11 caves at Qumran, on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, following a chance discovery by a Bedouin shepherd boy.

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