Dead Sea Scrolls Go Online

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Screenshot from “Dead Sea Scroll” video
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Screenshot from "Dead Sea Scroll" video

Ancient sea scrolls at your fingertips, literally. Now you too, can share in the experience of reading an ancient scroll.

“You have the chance to understand why these became the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th Century,” says Dr. Adolfo D. Roitman during the video introduction to the ancient scrolls now available online.

Israel’s national museum teamed up with Google to put the famous Dead Sea Scrolls online for the world to see. All of the Dead Sea Scrolls will be available online by 2016.

According to the Washington Post, viewers can translate the verses of the scrolls into English in high-resolution photographs, 200 times more clear than the average consumer camera and the images can even also be zoomed in and out for better viewing.

In total, eight scrolls including the Great Isaiah Scroll, War Scroll and the Temple Scroll are now available online.

The scrolls are believed to be the product of an ancient Jewish sect that fled Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago—The scrolls are believed to have been hidden in a cave on the eve of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans.

They were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in caves near the Dead Sea and contain the most ancient biblical manuscript on Earth, the Great Isaiah Scroll.

Check out the video.