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This Monday, the 2,000 year old Dead Sea Scrolls went online. With support from Google and the Israel Museum, five of the eight Dead Sea Scrolls were digitized and placed online as part of a project that was unveiled this week. The rather novel project makes entire scrolls accessible and visitors can zoom into the text and read complete translations in English. When asked about the project, museum director James Snyder remarked, "This gives you a way to understand the beginning of biblical history. Nothing could be more important." The scrolls were originally found in caves along the shore of the Dead Sea in the 1940s and 1950s, and since 1965, most of the scrolls have been housed at the Israel Museum. Google's chief of research and design in Israel, Yossi Matias, commented, "The opportunity is amazing here for culture and heritage information." Needless to say, scholars are excited as well about these new developments. Writing for one of Wired's blogs, Jon Stokes noted, "I'm more optimistic than ever before that textual scholarship will soon be empowered to return directly to the primary sources, and to generate a new wave of new-from-the-ground-up tools and methods of the kind that hasn't been seen since the 19th century."
The first link will take visitors to a piece from CNET's Lance Whitney writing about the recent digitization project involving the Dead Sea Scrolls. The second link will lead interested parties to an article from Bloomberg.com from this Monday about the details of the project. Moving along, the third link leads to the post on Wired's "Cloudline" blog, which talks about the important ramifications of this digital project for scholars. The fourth link will whisk users away to the homepage for the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls Project. Here visitors can view the different scrolls and also take a look at some scholarly interpretations of these unique documents. The fifth link leads to a page created by the West Semitic Research Project fellows at the University of Southern California. Here visitors can read different translations of the scrolls and also read a list of books about the scrolls. The final link will take visitors to a great site on the scrolls created by Professor Peter Flint, who has spent a lifetime studying these documents. Visitors to the site can read an introductory essay on the scrolls, watch videos on the science behind understanding the scrolls, and learn about some of Professor Flint's research.
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