Scholars and anyone with an Internet connection will now be able to take a new look into the Biblical past through an on-line archive of high-resolution images of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and Google-Israel said on Tuesday (December 18).
IAA, the custodian of the scrolls that shed light on the life of Jews and early Christians at the time of Jesus, said it has collaborated with Google's research and development center in Israel for the past two and a half years to upload digitized images of thousands of fragments from the collection.
The high-resolution images of the ancient manuscripts are freely accessible on the Internet in unprecedented quality.
Yossi Matias, the head of Google-Israel R&D center, described the project launch as "exciting".
"What's exciting about this launch is that users from all over the world can access these ancient scrolls, through wherever they are, and they can experience them through any device, anywhere in the world. This project brings to life the ten commandments, Genesis book, known verses from the Psalms and some 5,000 images of fragments from the scrolls,"
Since its discovery, scholars have extensively researched the Dead Sea Scrolls across the world. Vast amounts of information are now available on each scroll and many of the fragments.
Approximately 4,000 fragments have been already uploaded to the website, with the aim to eventually upload all tens of thousands of them.