Aug
27
2008

Like this: But way better. And stuff.
Like this: But way better. And stuff.Courtesy Library of Congress
Protect your grills, everybody, because the future is looking to get all up in them again!

Over the next two years, the oldest known copies of biblical documents, the Dead Sea Scrolls, will be digitally scanned and placed online for all the world to examine at their leisure.

Well, not all the world. Just the parts with computers and access to the Internet, and just those people who know and care that the Dead Sea Scrolls are available for public study. So not all the world at all.

The first of the scrolls were discovered accidentally in a cave in the West Bank by a goatherd in 1947. Over the next thirty years, more scrolls—about 1000 documents in total—were found in 11 caves in the area. The documents include texts from the Hebrew Bible, dating to before 100 AD. The scrolls are also reported to contain an astonishing number of recipes and very dirty jokes.

The thousands of fragments of the scrolls were photographed in their entirety (up to that point) only once, in the 1950s. Many of those photographs are now crumbling, and so, despite the arguments of some Luddites who are no doubt on the way out themselves, scholars are taking advantage of this amazing time we live in (the future), and are subjecting the whole of the scroll collection to some fancy pants scanning.

The images of the texts will be taken in very high resolution and with varying wavelengths of light, highlighting details not readily visible to the naked eye.

The physical scrolls will be beginning a tour of the United States next month at the Jewish Museum of New York.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Avery's picture
Avery says:

Very interesting. It is a very important part of our history. I would love to learn more about it.

posted on Mon, 03/15/2010 - 3:52pm
Anynomus's picture
Anynomus says:

This was very interesting I would want to see it again!!! I woudl keep coming here that is how interesting it is. And its also a important part of history.

posted on Tue, 03/16/2010 - 11:13am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It was a very interesting exhibit that has a lot of history behind it. It was very cool to see and I think it'd be amazing for anyone to come check out. I think the audio sets were a great touch, and the fact that they have an option for both kids and adults is very accomodating.

posted on Tue, 03/16/2010 - 7:25pm
Adrian Peterson's picture
Adrian Peterson says:

...wait what? So they are grabbing ancinent scrolls and putting them onto ebooks?!?!??!??!?!?!??!?!????!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!??!?!??!?!?!?!? wow....

posted on Sun, 03/21/2010 - 3:14pm
James Cameroon's picture
James Cameroon says:

Wow I never knew that, that is intresting!

posted on Sun, 03/21/2010 - 3:19pm
1234567890's picture
1234567890 says:

I think the Dead sea scroles are real!

posted on Thu, 04/01/2010 - 10:23am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the sea scrolls are definetely real becuase how would they be faked. they have carbon dating and all kinds of different ways to date things. if they are legit than we will know.

posted on Thu, 04/01/2010 - 11:15am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

You've got some dead links.

posted on Sat, 04/03/2010 - 1:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

was it just by chance that the scrolles were found

posted on Sat, 04/03/2010 - 4:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think its weird how they try to "fix" old artifacts when they should just let it stay broken. it looses value

posted on Sun, 04/04/2010 - 1:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The Dead Sea Scrolls are an important discovery and are rightfully being shared with the world. How amazing to be able to read the very words of people who may have walked the land with those that the words are about.

posted on Fri, 04/16/2010 - 12:12pm
kingson's picture
kingson says:

These are facts about the
DEAD SEA SCROLLS

posted on Sun, 04/18/2010 - 4:14pm
mary's picture
mary says:

its cool that i can see five real ones!

posted on Thu, 04/29/2010 - 10:32am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that the dead sea scrolls are really cool because they have something to do with the bible.

posted on Wed, 05/05/2010 - 12:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The exhibit is overwhelming...one must take their time and truly just listen and absorb it all and then when one looks back you are stunned by the depth and magnitude of how huge this is and inspires one to take up a journal.

posted on Thu, 05/06/2010 - 4:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think it will be awesome to have them so accessible with the ability for anyone to ready and study them!!!

posted on Sun, 05/09/2010 - 12:33pm
Rowan's picture
Rowan says:

This is very cool. I wish I was an archeoligist and could make discoveries like this.
Rowan C., age 71/2
from Omaha, Ne
;);)

posted on Sat, 06/05/2010 - 2:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

these really are neat! i recently learned about this in school but seeing this and learning more is an amazing exsperience! i can't wait to see the scrolls online and learn more about them in the future!

posted on Sat, 06/12/2010 - 3:06pm
louie fu's picture
louie fu says:

what a great discovery them dead sea scrols

posted on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 10:41am

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