Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Great Isaiah Scroll Online

One place that many people will visit when going to Israel is the Israel Museum where numerous artifacts on display. Part of the museum is the Shrine of the Book, a specially designed building with the sole purpose of preserving and displaying the Dead Sea Scrolls. The building resembles one of the jars in which some of the scrolls were found at Qumran. At the center of the building is the Great Isaiah scroll, the most complete and best preserved biblical text among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Visitors can walk around the scroll and examine this more than 2000 year old copy of Isaiah.

But if you can't get to Israel you can now see the scroll, minus the museum setting. Jim Davila notes that an online version of the scroll can be viewed at the Israel Museum web site. You can roll the scroll to various spots and zoom in on the ancient Hebrew text. It even tells you what column you are in so you can compare the actual scroll with whatever translation you are using.

Incidentally, you can also view the Temple Scroll as well. Both pages will take some time to load the first time you view it, but afterwards it is easy to use.


  1. I didn't make it to the Israel Museum this time around (which is another indicator that I need to return to Israel), but right now I am looking at the Isaiah Scroll--unrolled--and it is Amazing!!! :0) Thank you for the link!

  2. You can no longer zoom in on any of the scrolls in the collection.... Why is my question...?