Google Publishes 5,000 More High-Resolution Scans of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The 10 Commandments are among the fragments now available online

By on December 18th, 2012 11:02 GMT

Last year, Google helped put online parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical documents ever discovered. The high-resolution scans helped scholars and anyone interested study the documents without actually having to get access to them.

For obvious reasons, getting access to the actual documents isn't easy. So the fact that more scans are now available online should be good news for anyone wanting to get a better look at more of the findings.

"The Israel Antiquities Authority is 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," Google explained.

"The texts 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," it added.

At 1215 dpi resolution, the scans are incredibly detailed and anyone analyzing them will be able to go way beyond what is visible at first glance. Apart from the regular, black and white photos, there are also color and infrared scans at equal quality.

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