In 1947, a Bedouin shepherd exploring a cave in the Judean desert came across a fantastic treasure trove of Hebrew documents from the third to the first centuries BCE. The Dead Sea Scrolls, as we now know them, are now the oldest known Biblical manuscripts in existence. While they can be viewed today at the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem, or through various facsimile publications, they had never been accessible to the entire internet-connected world. Until today. As part of a project to make cultural artifacts accessible to everyone, Google has teamed up with photographer Ardon Bar Hama (who has worked with Columbia to photograph some of our most important manuscripts as well) to digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls. You can see the site in its glory here.
A second exciting digital project, also produced by Ardon Bar Hama, is the Maimonides project at the Bodleian Library, at Oxford University. Oxford is the proud owner of a portion of Maimonides’ own copy of his legal corpus, the Mishneh Torah. Following the wishes of a former owner, Eleazar, son of Perahya, that the manuscript "be kept available so that all scholars can correct their own version against it," the manuscript can now be viewed in its entirety online.
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CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE WEB SITE.
PLEASE, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW EXACTLY THE NAME OF THE WEB SITE, WHERE I CAN FIND THE DIGITALIZED DEAD SEE SCOLLS.
ITS BEEN A QUIET LONG TIME, SINCE I TRAY TO READ THE TEXT OF THE SCROLLS, SO I WOULD APPRECIATE VERY MUCH, TO RECEVE THAT INFORMATION.
ALSO, IF IT IS POSSIBLE, TO SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR SITE IN SPANISH, IF IT DOES EXIST.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU
As I pointed out in my post, the site (and the scrolls) can be viewed here: http://dss.collections.imj.org.il/
Unfortunately my site is only in English, and so it is not possible to subscribe in Spanish.
Thank you for visiting!