The Dead Sea Scrolls are Being Google-Bookized

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The Dead Sea scrolls will soon be available to anyone with an internet connection. Search engine Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority have revealed plans for an online archive of the scrolls, which number around 900. The images will appear in high definition, with a special camera costing more than £157,000 used to photograph the scrolls. The organisers hope that the website will be live by the beginning of 2011. Users will also be challenged by “the ultimate puzzle game”; a chance to join up the thousands of pieces of scroll into one virtual document.

Nice. And now we can only imagine what the loony dilettantes will do by ‘rearranging’ the fragments willy-nilly. Let the good times roll…

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7 thoughts on “The Dead Sea Scrolls are Being Google-Bookized

  1. […] The Dead Sea Scrolls are Being Google-Bookized « Zwinglius Redivivus. The Dead Sea scrolls will soon be available to anyone with an internet connection. Search engine Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority have revealed plans for an online archive of the scrolls, which number around 900. The images will appear in high definition, with a special camera costing more than £157,000 used to photograph the scrolls. The organisers hope that the website will be live by the beginning of 2011. Users will also be challenged by “the ultimate puzzle game”; a chance to join up the thousands of pieces of scroll into one virtual document. […]

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  2. agathos 19 Oct 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Actually, we should be (mostly?) safe from the dilettantes on this one. Working with digital images of the scrolls requires some familiarity with the ancient languages, so while there may be a few kooks who can do this (doubtful), I would imagine those like Barfield will still need to lean on English translations.

    I can still see it though. Random fragments, from different caves and time periods, bearing obviously different hands, poorly re-constructed, “And this proves once and for all that Jesus was the Wicked Priest…” And of course, that’s the story CNN will cover!

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  3. […] Jim West reports that the Dead Sea Scrolls will soon be available through Google Books. […]

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  4. Shane Bertou 19 Oct 2010 at 1:56 pm

    This is no doubt exciting news for seminary teachers and students, as well as anyone with an appreciation for the history of Judaism and Christianity.

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    • Jim 19 Oct 2010 at 1:58 pm

      the scrolls dont have anything to do with the history of christianity. outside the fact they open a window on early judaism. but they are not christian and they have nothing to do, strictly speaking, with christianity.

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  5. […] Apocryphon, a reworked/expanded story pulled from Genesis. You can find the wiki entry (Sorry, Jim, I’m a googler, not a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar) […]

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    • Jim 29 Nov 2010 at 9:49 am

      BLASPHEMER!!!!!!!

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