Israeli authorities have put 5,000 fragments of the 2,000-year-old ancient Dead Sea scrolls online, announced a joint Israel Antiquities Authority-Google news conference Tuesday in Jerusalem.
“The digital library contains the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the second listing of the Ten Commandments, and a portion of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century B.C.,” stated MSNBC.
"The scrolls were found in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd near the ancient ascetic community of Qumran; some 2,000 years had elapsed from the time the pottery jugs containing the scrolls were placed in cool Judean Desert caves, until their chance rediscovery, " stated Israel Hi-Tech.
Milwaukee Express states that the shepherd boy had tossed a stone into a desert cave, located near the Dead Sea approximately 1946 to 1947. The stone hit something, sounding like shattered pottery, which caused the boy to investigate. He found one of eleven caves near the Qumran ruins, a storehouse for the oldest surviving texts of the Hebrew Bible - written on parchment and papyrus in Hebrew, Aramaic and some Greek.
Further writings would "cast new light on the diverse beliefs of the ancient Near East that would coalesce into the three major monotheisms—Judaism, Christianity and Islam." The find of the Dead Sea Scrolls would become the most archaeological discover since the discovery of King Tut's tomb.
Sixty years after the discovery of the Dead Sea Rolls, the overseers of the celebrated manuscripts are allowing the scrolls to be available for public viewing through the Internet. This is the same small circle of five scholarly conservators who were condemned for dominating the scrolls from the moment they were found.
More than 15,000 Dead Sea Scrolls were found and then pieced together into readable manuscripts by scholars.
However, last year Google partnered with the Israel Museum to put five of the dead sea scrolls online, using technology developed by NASA. UPI reports that the library consists of “over tens of thousands of fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls in high resolution photographed with a special camera based on NASA technology.” The technology used was developed by retired NASA scientist Dr. Greg Bearman. "High-tech cameras using infrared photography are now being used to uncover sections of the 2,000-year-old scrolls that have faded over the centuries and become indecipherable."
According to JSpace, the Dead Sea Scrolls were "discovered between 1947 and 1956, the scrolls, which are written in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramic, are considered among the greatest archeological discoveries of the 20th century."
The Old Testament itself claims to be the Word of God, with its some 3,800 statement like: “thus says the Lord, now the Lord spoke, He was commanded to write in a book what the Lord had told him, The Lord Said, The Word which came to…, The Word of the Lord came expressly to…etc”
Dead Sea Scrolls, Israel Museum
An Israel Museum worker points at the word 'Jerusalem' written in a part of the Isaiah Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, inside the vault of the Shrine of the Book building at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
The fragility of the scrolls presents unique challenges for curators. “You have to rotate them. You can’t keep them out longer than three months,” Lupton explains. “Light can do irrevocable damage. You have to limit the level of lighting and the time of exposure. If a fragment is on exhibit for three months, it will then have to rest for a few years.”