Google Dead Sea Scrolls project is astonishing: Now online

By Peter Chubb - Sep 27, 2011

Being able to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in person and read them will never happen for most of us. However, thanks to technology, those who want to be able to read them can now do so, as they are now online. When we first heard of this project last year we thought that it was astonishing, due to the fact of the big job involved. Now they can be safely put away so there is no fear of them ever getting damaged.

Google is not all about business; they also offer their services so that the public can get their hands on things that would sometimes be out of reach to only but a select few. The digitizing of the Dead Sea Scrolls is a fine example of this, and you can see how the search engine and the Israel Museum did this project in the video that we have embedded for you below.

The Scrolls that are now online are not all of them, but just five. Those are the Great Isaiah Scroll, War Scroll, Commentary on the Habakkuk Scroll, Temple Scroll and finally the Community Rule Scroll. Each of these offers you details of the Scroll, but what we liked most was how you can scroll through the high-res images of them.

Forbes says that the greatest feature here has to be on the Great Isaiah Scroll, as when you zoom in and hover over each chapter there is a translation of the text. However, we have to warn you that you will have to set aside a huge amount of spare time, as it will take you sometime to not only read but also digest the information.

There are some truly amazing facts regarding the Dead Sea Scrolls, such as there being about 825 to 870 separate scrolls identified. There are 25 interesting facts in total if you visit the Century One Bookstore.

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