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.
January 3 is the last day for an exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum of the Dead Sea scrolls and the Canadian government has rejected a Jordanian government appeal to seize the parchments in order to keep it out of Israeli hands.
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto is hosting the Dead Sea Scrolls until January 2010. The exhibit is a journey into the past that is skillfully put together in the time periods that the scrolls represent.
In June the Royal Ontario Museum is planning on exhibiting the Dead Sea Scrolls. That showing is being blasted by the Palestinians as they say the scrolls were acquired illegally by Israel when the Jewish state annexed East Jerusalem in 1967.
Israeli scientists are taking digital photographs of the Dead Sea Scrolls and unveiling it online to preserve the 2,000-year-old documents, in order to make them available for the public and researchers.
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.
Dead Sea Scrolls, Israel Museum
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”
The Psalms Scroll with transcription.
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.”