October 16, 2011. (Romereports.com)
The Israel Museum in Jerusalem is teaming up with Google
to provide the first digital copy of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It will allow people to read the documents in English and offer translations in their own languages. These 20 documents make up the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world. Most experts believe they are around 2,000 years old.
The scrolls were originally discovered in a group of caves Northeast of the Dead Sea and according to tradition it was on the eve of Jerusalem's destruction by the Romans in 70 AD.
The scrolls have been on display since 1966 at the Israel Museum but have been off limits to visitors because the papers have been called as delicate as the skin of an onion.
The first seven scrolls are now provided online. It includes the Great Isaiah Scroll which is the largest and most ancient biblical manuscript in existence.
The museum's main website now contains a google link where visitors can browse through the scrolls online.