Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dead Sea Scrolls on Google

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that the Israel Antiquities Authority has teamed up with Google to put the Dead Sea Scrolls online. This is a brilliant move since access is restricted to only a few people. This not due to a conspiracy but because the more than 2000 year old fragments are so fragile. But within a few months you will no longer need to fly to Israel to see the scrolls. You will be able to access them online. Moreover, the reports say that an English translation will be provided along with the original document. This will be a great resource for teaching and research. Kudos to both Google and the IAA. Check out the video in the Jerusalem Post article.