The Dead See Scrolls which contains original biblical text is coming to the internet. This is great news for anyone interested in history and wants to see some first hand. I can see this being used in many history classes, it being better than viewing them in a text. It will be sometime before you see them as this was just announced and the details of the project will be fully disclosed and online within months.
At a press briefing in Israel, the IAA’s Pnina Shor talked about how the Google deal will help preserve the scrolls. “From the minute all of this will go online there will be no need to expose the scrolls anymore, and anyone in his office or (on) his couch will be able to see it,” she said—though we do have to wonder how many couch potatoes are really itching to read The War Scroll off its actual parchment.
The 900 biblical and other manuscripts, comprising some 30,000 fragments, were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in the Qumran caves above the Dead Sea and photographed in their entirety with infra-red technology in the 1950s.
I for one can’t wait to see this online.