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Dead Sea Scrolls

Digitizing the biblical manuscripts

Dead sea scrolls

Overview

The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project brings some of the oldest known biblical manuscripts online. A partnership between The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the Google Cultural Institute, this project allows users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts at a level of detail never before possible. Five complete scrolls from the Israel Museum have been digitized for the project at this stage. These 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.

Access on a new scale

Twenty four centuries after they were created, following the work of archaeologists, scholars and historians, and the power of the Internet, the scrolls are now accessible to people around the world. The website gives 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 scroll text is also discoverable via web search. If you search for a phrase from the scrolls, a link to that text within the scroll may surface in your search results. For example, try searching on Google for [And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb Dead Sea Scroll].

“Examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible”

Browse the Great Isaiah Scroll in English

The Great Isaiah Scroll, which can be found in most home bibles, can be browsed by chapter and verse through unique navigation functionality. For this scroll, users can even translate the Hebrew into English simply by clicking on the text.

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