The Dead Sea Scrolls Online

Incredible. The Israel Museum, in partnership with Google, just put up a site containing digital copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The level of detail is amazing. You can zoom in and examine the actual material of the scrolls. Apparently, they were photographed at a resolution of 1,200 megapixels. The photographer used a flash that emitted light for only 1/4000 of a second in order to not damage the fragile scrolls. If I remember correctly, the scrolls are dated to around 2,400 years ago. The penmanship is precise and painstaking. I wonder who the scribes were, who sat there inking in letter after careful letter. I wonder if they realized their work would be seen centuries later by millions upon millions of people?

I suppose the existence of Google and computers would greatly confuse them. At first. Afterward, they’d probably want a Mac.

2 thoughts on “The Dead Sea Scrolls Online”

  1. “I suppose the existence of Google and computers would greatly confuse them. At first. Afterward, they’d probably want a Mac.”

    Then, they’d probably complain about Facebook changing their security settings.

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