Dead Sea Scrolls website upgraded

February 6, 2014

The Israel Antiquities Authority has launched a newly upgraded version of its Dead Sea Scrolls digital library that includes more than 10,000 new photos of the famous ancient biblical texts.

Visitors to the deadseascrolls.org.il website will soon be able to view and explore the images, which the IAA classified as of “unprecedented quality.”

The Dead Sea Scrolls are hailed as one of the greatest archeological finds of the 20th century. Since the scrolls went digital last year, more than a half-million people have visited the website, the IAA said. The upgraded website now features content available in Russian and German as well as a faster search engine, additional manuscript descriptions and social media links.

“The website also offers accompanying explanations pertaining to a variety of manuscripts such as the Book of Exodus written in paleo-Hebrew script, the Books of Samuel, the Temple Scroll, Songs of Shabbat Sacrifice and New Jerusalem,” the IAA said.

 — JNS.org

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