Just as they promised almost a year ago, Google, in partnership with the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, has photographed the Dead Sea Scrolls for the first time since the 1950s, and made them available online for those who can't make the trek to see them in person.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947, are the oldest known biblical manuscripts. Five scrolls are currently available on the Israel Museum's website: The Great Isaiah Scroll, The Temple Scroll, The War Scroll, The Community Rule Scroll and The Commentary on the Habakkuk Scroll. They were photographed in up to 1,200 megapixel high resolution, high enough that you can zoom in and see cracks and discolorations in the animal skin the verses are written on.
The Great Isaiah Scroll is divided into chapters and verses, shown on mouse-over, and gives you an English translation of the verse when you click on it. The website also allows you to leave comments, a sort of marginalia for the modern age. Learn more about the scrolls and their digitization in the video below.
I applaud Google and the use of technology to make these documents wordly publically available. This is so cool and beautiful!
That video looked like it was built for 3d(stereoscopic). Seeing it in 3d WOULD BE EPIC! :D
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You know this is epic on all levels to even read something written from so long ago! Not even being religious a person as I am or if any one is you could never say that seeing these scrolls and it being amazing that they survived so long and still able to read them. epic epic gotta love tech go Google. Please continue to take over the world.
"Please continue to take over the world."
damn right ! ^^
bored? lets go mine the stars... ^^
Google decides what information is fed to you first in your queries. Be careful in how you choose to be guided.
I hope the info are translated to true meaning to the transcripts. and the info provided is not misguided to help or support any cause like usual:) Truth will reveal.
This is really cool, I have always wanted to be able to see the real things, not just the replicas I have seen. This is about as close to seeing them as I can get. :C
also @rahab13 not sure what you're trying to get at but if you mean it would be cool to have direct translation and modern interpretation along side one another, that would be very useful..
you need to learn how Google works
GOOGLE does not decide how the information is sent
the users that USE google decide maybe you should google how google works? Then comment again?
I write in English, Google responds to my English with English. Isn't Google attaching to the world internet? Yea you can believe what is told to you are you can become aware of what is being fed to you. It also responds to my locality. Well I am searching for the best answer and it may be across the world.
It is a profit market success machine and I am aware of this; are you?
My real point to people in general in searching for answer is to search broad and wide and not believe the first few answers fed to you and do not depend on just one source. Do you think that is bad advice?
Another tidbit of information everyone browsing the internet tends to forget, all the information you find on the internet, all of it, 100% is hearsay. As I type to you and you may reply, it’s all 100% hearsay. The internet may point you in the right direction for factual information, but until you have factual information in your hand, it’s all hearsay.
I repeat learn how google works bro then come back
I did note even read your comments because I already knew them to be retarded.
I am all for education, especially my own:
If you choose to ignore my comments, being closed minded, that is your choice.
I still stand by my previous comments.
lol wikipedia as a source classic
If you want a second opinion, you do not go to the source. Well maybe you do, which is the point of our difference.
You ended this discussion anyways, when you closed you mind and said you do not read my comments.
Here just to be clear, I think it’s very nice and I do appreciate Google to help post the Dead Sea Scrolls on the internet. In fact I think Google does a lot of good things. I actually do appreciate Google. But when I am searching for information, I do not rely on once source to acquire my information and I recommend recommend others to keep a wide perspective too in searching.
We both are ranting on this blog. I am moving on. Take care.
you say that everything is hearsay yet you cite wikipedia?
and only one source? hypocrite.
A sir, please read the 3 sentence of my last comments.
Please forget me and add you good quality comments about this article.
Please to not feed the rabbits. They do multiply and then nonsense may continue.
I think that the Dead Sea scrolls are one of most important findings of our time. And the Google project will allow many people to enjoy this finding without leaving the house. Dead sea area where the scrolls were found is a very beautiful place and the Dead sea itself is one of the finalists in the new7wonders of nature campaign (you can vote here: www.facebook.com/VoteDeadSea )so I think that people still better get off the couch and visit the place where the scrolls were found.
Since the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls it has often be said by a variety of religious historians how our current religious books have been faithful in the translation. It is quite remarkable considering the amount of time that has passed.