Digitizing The Dead Sea Scrolls

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Excerpt Google and the Israel Museum recently entered a partnership whereby five of the Dead Sea scrolls have been photographed with an ultrahigh-resolution camera, enabling viewers to clearly study the original scrolls online. The viewable scrolls include the Great Isaiah Scroll, the Community Rule Scroll, and the Commentary on Habakkuk Scroll, along with the Temple Scroll, and the War Scroll. Continue reading

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The five Dead Sea Scrolls that have been digitized thus far include the Great Isaiah Scroll, the Community Rule Scroll, the Commentary on Habakkuk Scroll, the Temple Scroll, and the War Scroll, with search queries on Google.com sending users directly to the online scrolls. All five scrolls can be magnified so that users may examine texts in exacting detail. Details invisible to the naked eye are made visible through ultra-high resolution digital photography by photographer Ardon Bar-Hama– at 1,200 mega pixels each, these images are almost two hundred times higher in resolution than those produced by a standard camera. Each picture utilized UV-protected flash tubes with an exposure of 1/4000th of a second to minimize damage to the fragile manuscripts. In addition, the Great Isaiah Scroll may be searched by column, chapter, and verse, and is accompanied by an English translation tool and by an option for users to submit translations of verses in their own languages.


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