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Read the Dead Sea Scrolls Online

Cancel that upcoming trip to Israel. Parts of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls are now available online. This venture came about after critics complained that only a few scholars ever had access to the manuscripts. That’s when Israel’s national museum decided to team with Google to put some of its most significant work online.

Viewers can currently review the Temple Scroll, a collection of five scrolls that includes the Book of Isaiah, along with three other scroll documents, online. You can examine the actual scrolls that are written on animal skin, or you can translate their writings into English.

Though the original scrolls will remain behind lock(s)-and-key(s) in Jerusalem, they’re set to debut online in their entirety by 2016. See more about the project by watching the video below.

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