December 20, 2012
Now You Can Study the Dead Sea Scrolls Without Getting Out of Bed
Google creates 'online collection of 5,000 images of scroll fragments.'
Together with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), Google will partner in launching the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, "an online collection of some 5,000 images of scroll fragments, at a quality never seen before," according to Google.
When the collection is finished, Google says, the texts will include "one of the earliest known copies of the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the Ten Commandments; part of Chapter 1 of the Book of Genesis, which describes the creation of the world; and hundreds more 2,000-year-old texts, shedding light on the time when Jesus lived and preached, and on the history of Judaism."
But Google and IAA are not the only ones digitizing the Ten Commandments: Cambridge University has announced that the Nash Papyrus, another of the oldest copies of the Ten Commandments, will be available online through the Cambridge Digital Library.