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September 27, 2011

The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project

Rule of Community Scroll (1QS), Qumran, Cave 1 (detail)
1st century BCE - 1st century CE
Government of Israel
Accession # 96.83/208A-B
Source: The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

The Israel Museum has partnered with Google to present fabulous high-resolution images of the Dead Sea Scrolls housed in the Shrine of the Book. The manuscripts, dating from 3rd century BCE to the 1st century CE, contain most of the Hebrew Bible, non-canonical works, and texts offering insight into Jewish society of that era. Five scrolls have been digitized to date: Great Isaiah Scroll, Temple Scroll, War Scroll, Community Rule Scroll and the Commentary on Habakkuk Scroll.

The ultra-high resolution digital photographs were created by Ardon Bar-Hama with exposure of 1/4000th of a second: a triumph of accessibility and conservation. The web site presents each scroll in stunning detail, which can be greatly magnified by the user. Accompanying the digitized image is a description and video by Dr. Adolfo D. Roitman, the Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Great Isaiah Scroll, Qumran Cave 1(detail)
1st century BCE
Government of Israel
Accession # HU 95.57/27
Source: The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

Posted by sgarrett at September 27, 2011 12:50 PM


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