Israel Antiquities Authority and Google team up to digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls

. December 19, 2012

CINCINNATI – Beginning today, scholars, students and general public from all over the world can access the famous Dead Sea Scrolls like never before in the new Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library.

The Israel Antiquities Authority and Google, with support from the Leon Levy Foundation and the Arcadia Fund, joined together to develop the most advanced imaging and web technologies. The result is The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library , a free online virtual library making these hundreds of ancient manuscripts freely available and accessible to everyone. High resolution images allow you to view the scrolls in amazing detail and the various search options let you browse the fragments by site, language or content, or you can use the “free search” option.

This is exciting news for the region, where we currently have the great fortune in Cincinnati to host the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times, at Cincinnati Museum Center. The new digital library will serve as a great companion to the exhibition, either to prepare for your visit or as a follow up to your experience. This is an incredible opportunity to not only access these manuscripts online, but actually connect to them live and in person.

About the exhibit:

Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times is the largest and most comprehensive collection of ancient artifacts from Israel ever organized. Considered among the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, the Dead Sea Scrolls contain the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient handwritten texts of the words that shaped the future of the Western world. Of the more than 600 objects from the Biblical to Byzantine Period including religious articles, weapons of war, stone carvings, textiles, ceramics and fragments of the Scrolls, many have never been publicly exhibited before now. This exhibit is presented by The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati.

Visit www.cincymuseum.org or call (513) 287-7001 for more information and to reserve your tickets today.

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