Dead Sea Scrolls on Google

A nice new tool to understand the Dead Sea Scrolls

Yesterday I did a Dead Sea tour. On the way to Ein Gedi, we passed Qumran and I spent some time speaking to my guests about the Dead Sea Scrolls that were discovered there.

Today I found out that Google has added a really great feature to their Digital Dead Sea Scrolls Project. If you’re not familiar with the project, basically, Google has teamed up with the Israel Museum to great a high resolution, digital version of the scrolls, for anyone to examine for free online. Recently they added a new feature, that allows you to roll over any verse and see several different translations of that verse.

Google Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

Google Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

I just love this project. Besides being a tour guide, I am also a Sofer Stam (Torah Scribe). I have always been fascinated by the Dead Sea Scrolls. Until Google launched this project, all I had access to were some pictures of parts of the scrolls that I have in different books and translations in other books. Any translation is, by definition, a commentary so this was a less than ideal way to study the scrolls.

Now I have access to high resolution images of the entire scrolls. The new translation allows me to see exactly which Hebrew words were translated and make my own judgement if I agree with the translation offered or not.

Google also recently added the Israel Museum to their Google Art Project. You can now see many of the artifacts from the museum in high resolution.

Israel Museum Google art project

The Israel Museum on the Google Art Project

These new tools from Google are amazing for anyone who is interested in the history of Israel.

3 replies
  1. bennyp
    bennyp says:

    Fantastic! Thanks for the heads up.” I love to hear about Israel from your perspective. Especially as a sofer stam. Say, next time you’re in the Jewish quarter, maybe you’ll take me on a “walkthrough” of the safrus features of the giant “iggeres haRamban” in the Ramban shul.



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