Dead Sea Scrolls website upgraded with 10,000 new images, faster search engine

The Dead Sea Scrolls website. Credit: Screen shot.

( The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has launched a newly upgraded version of its Dead Sea Scrolls digital library that includes more than 10,000 new photos of the famous ancient biblical texts.

Visitors to the website will be about to view and explore 10,000 newly uploaded images of “unprecedented quality,” according to the IAA.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are hailed as one of the greatest archeological finds of the 20th century. Since the scrolls went digital last year, more than a half million people have visited their website, the IAA said. The upgraded website now features content available in Russian and German as well as a faster search engine, additional manuscript descriptions, and social media links.

“The website also offers accompanying explanations pertaining to a variety of manuscripts, such as the book of Exodus written in paleo-Hebrew script, the books of Samuel, the Temple Scroll, Songs of Shabbat Sacrifice, and New Jerusalem,” the IAA said. 

Posted on February 4, 2014 .