Dead Sea Scrolls Digitised by Google, Made Available Online

Search engine giant Google has partnered with the Israel Museum to digitise the Dead Sea Scrolls and make them available online.

According to The Jerusalem Post, Google, under the project, which has been going on since the past six months, using advanced digital scanning technology, has scanned and uploaded five complete Dead Sea Scrolls for anyone to view online.

The Dead Sea Scrolls that have been digitised so far include the Great Isaiah Scroll, the Community Rule Scroll, the Commentary on Habakkuk Scroll, the Temple Scroll, and the War Scroll.

Google has translated the Great Isaiah Scroll in English and even made it searchable online via search engines. A Chinese translation is also in the works as there is a lot of popularity of Biblical works in the Asian country.

“When I arrived 15 years ago, I thought [the Dead Sea Scrolls] were like our Mona Lisa, and what the Mona Lisa is to the world is like what the scrolls are to world’s monotheistic religions,” said Israel Museum Director James Snyder.

“The question was, how to keep content of the scrolls in the minds of people; how do we make them meaningful in our contemporary lifetime and in a world on fast forward?” he added.

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