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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Scrolls from the Dead Sea Now Available

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Only five expert curators worldwide are authorized to physically handle the Dead Sea Scrolls. In order to share this treasure with the world, Israel's national antiques authority has since launched an updated version of its digital library of scrolls.

An early copy of the book of Deuteronomy, included in the scrolls, features the 10 commandments. The first of the scrolls were discovered in a remote cave at Qumran in the West Bank close to the Dead Sea in 1947, which was a year before Israel's war of independence and the Palestinian "Nakba."

Called an extraordinary marriage between high-tech wizardry and ancient history, the site shows thousands of high-quality photographs of one of the world's most significant archaeological finds.

Only five expert curators worldwide are authorized to physically handle the Dead Sea Scrolls. In order to share this treasure with the world, Israel's national antiques authority has since launched an updated version of its digital library of scrolls. Accessible from personal computers and mobile phones, the online resource presents hundreds of scroll fragments imaged with a camera specifically designed for this purpose.

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