dead sea scrolls: to be online?

The Dead Sea Scrolls may reach a wider audience in their untranslated form according to the New York TImes:

“We wanted to monitor the deterioration of the scrolls and realized we needed to take precise photographs to watch the process. That’s when we decided to do a comprehensive set of photos, both in color and infrared, to monitor selectively what is happening. We realized then that we could make the entire set of pictures available online to everyone, meaning that anyone will be able to see the scrolls in the kind of detail that no one has until now.”

The process will probably take one to two years — more before it is available online — and is being led by Greg Bearman, who retired from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Data collection is directed by Simon Tanner of Kings College London


One response to “dead sea scrolls: to be online?

  1. Jim, I had to chance to see some of the Dead Sea Scrolls in a museum in Amman several years ago and it was an amazing experience and one I wish everyone could have. This looks like a step in that direction!

    If you’re interested, I’m having a blog tour in a few weeks and would love to have you participate. Here’s some info.

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