Israel Antiquities Authority Updates Dead Sea Scroll Online Library

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The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scroll Digital Library receives an upgrade, including new content and high-quality photos.

The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) revamped their Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library Tuesday, February, 04.

The IAA  launched the library in 2012  as  a means of providing an index of the scrolls, as well as analysis and commentary, to any interested researcher or historian. The site has been wildly successful; over half a million people worldwide have visited the site and 25,000 new users enter the site every month.

Updates include over 10,000 new high-quality photographs of the scrolls, content pages in Russian and German, easy access to the site from social media, and a better search engine.

Through international collaboration, a unique monitoring system for the conservation of the scrolls was developed, using multispectral images. The monitoring system will ensure the scrolls are properly preserved and kept in optimal conditions that simulate those in the Judean Desert caves, where the scrolls survived for over 2,000 years.

The system will be installed in the Dead Sea Scrolls conservation laboratory over the next few months. Using this advanced technology for long-term monitoring of the scrolls will help resolve scientific challenges in preserving these ancient scrolls.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are considered one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century. Among the scrolls is a very early copy of the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the Ten Commandments.

In addition, the library features a part of  Chapter One of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century BCE, which describes the creation of the world; a number of copies of Psalms scrolls; tiny texts of tefillin (phylacteries) from the Second Temple period;  letters  and  documents  hidden by refugees  fleeing  the  Roman  army  during  the Bar Kochba  Revolt;  and hundreds of additional 2,000-year-old texts, shedding light on biblical studies.

(via Tova Dvorin, Israel National News)




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