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Dead Sea Scrolls debut online [VIDEO]

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September 27, 2011 | 9:51 am

A facsimile of the Isaiah Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Sept. 26. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A facsimile of the Isaiah Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Sept. 26. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Internet users can now view the Dead Sea Scrolls online.

The Israel Museum on Monday launched the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project, which provides access to high-resolution images of the scrolls, as well as additional data and background information.

The project is a collaboration of the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Google R&D center in Israel.

Five scrolls have been digitized: the Great Isaiah Scroll, the Community Rule Scroll, the Commentary on Habakkuk Scroll, the Temple Scroll and the War Scroll.

It marks the first time that the collection of scrolls is being photographed in its entirety since the 1950s. The entire collection includes 900 manuscripts comprising about 30,000 Dead Sea Scrolls fragments.

“We are privileged to house in the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book the best preserved and most complete Dead Sea Scrolls ever discovered,” said James Snyder, Anne and Jerome Fisher director of the Israel Museum. “They are of paramount importance among the touchstones of monotheistic world culture, and they represent unique highlights of our Museum’s encyclopedic holdings. Now, through our partnership with Google, we are able to bring these treasures to the broadest possible public.”

Story continues after the jump.

The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library project is being funded with a major gift from the Leon Levy Foundation, with additional major funding from the Arcadia Foundation and the Yad Hanadiv Foundation.

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