It’s been sixty years since the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and thousands more since they were originally written.
The Google Dead Sea Scrolls Library contains the Book of Deuteronomy, which features a second listing of the Ten Commandments, and a piece of the first chapter of Genesis.
According to Israeli officials, the new effort is part of an attempt by the custodians of the scrolls to make them more widely available.
“Only five conservators worldwide are authorized to handle the Dead Sea Scrolls,” said Shuka Dorfman, director of the Israel Antiquities Authority. “Now, everyone can touch the scroll on screen around the globe.”
In 2011, Google partnered with the Israel Museum to put five of the Dead Sea Scrolls online.
The search giant says it took two years to complete the Google Dead Sea Scrolls Library, utilizing a sort of technology first utilized by NASA. The new site, located at http://dss.collections.imj.org.il/, lets users zoom in on various pieces of the scrolls, complete with translations.
“We’re working to bring important cultural and historical materials online and help preserve them for future generations,” said Yossi Matias, head of Google’s Research and Development Center in Israel. “Our partnership with the Israel Antiquities Authority is another step toward enabling users to enjoy cultural material around the world.”
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