The Dead Sea Scrolls Hit Google

Google has already placed millions of books and historic documents online. Now, thanks to some generous external funding and intra-institutional wrangling, it’s the Dead Sea Scrolls’ turn.
Although replicas of the Dead Sea Scrolls in various formats and levels of completeness have been circulating for a while–even hitting the museum gift shop market–full images of the scrolls will arrive on the Internet in about a year, thanks to a three-way agreement between Google, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Israel Museum. According to the IAA, the Museum’s entire collection of approximately 30,000 Scroll fragments will be digitized as high-resolution images and made freely available via Google. It will be the first time the Dead Sea Scrolls have been photographed in full since the 1950s.
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