Dead Sea Scrolls Are Online

Ancient meets modern as five Dead Sea scrolls are now available for viewing online.

Here is a look at the Isaiah Scroll:


The viewing tool shows chapter and verse for the section being viewed and clicking on a portion will provide a translation for convenience (but the text translated is the Massoretic [traditional text], not the Dead Sea scroll reading).

Five scrolls are currently available for viewing. The site offers this welcome:

The Israel Museum welcomes you to the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project, allowing users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible. Developed in partnership with Google, the new website gives users access to 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 Dead Sea Scrolls, which include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence, 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. Five complete scrolls from the Israel Museum have been digitized for the project at this stage and are now accessible online.

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