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Digitized Dead Sea Scrolls to be available online
October 19th, 2010
02:03 PM ET

Digitized Dead Sea Scrolls to be available online

Editor's Note: CNN's Kevin Flower brings us this story from Jerusalem.

In an ambitious application of 21st century technology to a first century wonder, the Israel Antiquities Authority and internet search giant Google announced a plan Tuesday to digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls and make the entire collection available to the public online.

The authority's general director, Shuka Dorfman, called the project a milestone that will enhance the field of biblical studies and people's understanding of Judaism and early Christianity.

"We have succeeded in recruiting the best minds and technological means to preserve this unrivaled cultural heritage treasure, which belongs to all of us, so that the public with a click of the mouse will be able to access history in its fullest glamour"

Made up of 30,000 fragments from 900 manuscripts, the Dead Sea Scrolls are considered by many historians to be one of the most important archaeological finds ever made.

The ancient manuscripts, made of leather, papyrus and copper, were first discovered in 1947 by a nomadic shepherd in a cave near the Dead Sea. In the years that followed, more scroll fragments were located.

Dating back over 2,000 years, the scrolls reveal details about the development of Judaism during the Hellenistic period and shed light on the relationship between early Christian and Jewish religious traditions.

The project will employ the latest in spectral and infrared imaging technology to scan the thousands of scroll fragments into one large database.

"This is the ultimate image of the scroll you can get," explained project manager Pnina Shor as she showed reporters an example of the imaging. "It presents an authentic copy of the scroll that, once online, there is no need to expose the scrolls anymore"

Conservation of the ancient manuscripts is a major concern for the Israel Antiquities Authority, which recently began limiting photography of them. Flawed preservation and display practices in decades past had, in some cases, "catastrophic" consequences, Shor said, and the authority decided it needed to create a new active image record that would spare the manuscripts from further degradation.

The entire collection of Dead Sea Scrolls was photographed in 1950s, but access to the photos and the documents themselves has been limited. Only four conservationists are allowed to handle the scroll fragments and scholars are limited in how much time they can spend studying them in person.

Google, with its high-powered search and translation services, will help catalog the mass of material, but the internet heavyweight says the project is not for profit and not exclusive.

"I can envision scholars or other companies contributing their own technologies so as to get some additional value over the data " said Yossi Matias, Google's head of research and development center in Israel.

The Israel Antiquities Authority has raised $3.5 million to fund the project, and project managers say the first images could be online within months.

Matias said it is too early to detail how the scrolls will be displayed online, but he assured that "the idea is an open platform and an open approach"

See more images of the scrolls here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bible • Israel • Israel • Judaism • Middle East

soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Jack Wilson

    There are so many contradictions in the Bible. These contradictions are all taught in 99% of the seminaries, but the evangelistic followers are afraid to share them with their congregations for fear of retribution. There is the historical Jesus and there is the devoutional Jesus and the two are so far apart. These so-called Bible scholars need to realize that the Bible is not without error – period. A little common sense would tell one that most things in the Bible are up for discussion.

    October 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
    • LiberateUs

      So glad I am Catholic.

      October 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
    • VistaNow

      Early Christians = Catholic Christians – why don't they just call it that?

      October 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  2. Susie Dalponte

    Circa 1966 I attended the exhibition of the Scrolls at the Berkeley Univ. and purchased a souvenir booklet, which I still have. It contains photographs of excerpts with a few translations to English in the back. I found Jehovah's name in several of the samples chosen, as the Tetragrammaton, or the four consonants (YHWH) for God's name, in Hebrew. I was very surprised, though, when I referred to the translations in the back of the booklet and they rendered it as "Lord".

    October 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  3. smedleybutle

    CNN, trying to figure out how i got blocked from commenting? I have posted nothing hateful, obscene, or objectionable, yet I got blocked? I constantly read hateful diatribes on here laced with profanity and those folks keep getting access? What is wrong with CNN?????

    October 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
    • Raison

      @smedleybutle

      There is a word / letter combination filter that will block any attempt. No one "moderates" your posts at time of submission.

      You can go back to where I have posted a list of helpful tips and many of the words that the filter blocks...

      religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/19/dozens-of-choirs-sing-hymn-as-one/#comment-145856

      Hope this helps everybody! 😀

      October 19, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Child of God

    This is so exciting.... Our Father who is in heaven, was in Christ Jesus and Jesus is God with us. The Bible is His Story from beginning to end and if you would only read it, you would see. Ask Our Father in Heaven to reveal Himself to you as you read His Word. We are blessed to be the generation that can see this all unfold on-line. Praise to the Lord, the King of creation.

    October 19, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
    • HeisGod

      I am rejoicing with you, Child of God!!! I was just thinking about the Scrolls the other day and we need to know what it says.

      October 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
    • Some_Truth

      HeIsGod:

      They were translated nearly 60 years ago! Where have you been?

      The only thing different is that photographed copies will be available online - fine if you read Hebrew and Aramaic.

      October 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  5. Only1Voice

    Just like Hershel Shanks tried to make available years ago. Grea that the IAA is giving out this information...finally.

    October 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  6. Doggnutts

    I'm an Atheist, and even I'm excited about this. Regardless of your beliefs, you cant help but be fascinated with original text that have influenced countless generations.

    October 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Doggnutts

      Yes, agreed.... And I am excited as well.

      October 19, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
    • Raison

      @Doggnutts

      As am I, but I may not find the time for it. From what I've seen of them, there are too many missing parts. The fragments are truly fragmentary. One may as well be an archeologist. 😛

      October 19, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Exactly! Regardless of their content, these 2000 year old scraps of leather and parchment give a rare and authentic glimpse at human history.
      I'm fascinated with the Dead Sea Scrolls for the same reason I dig Beowulf – and that isn't because I believe in Gods or Grendels.

      October 20, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  7. Dave

    The Dead Sea Scrolls show that (1) the Bible we have today is remarkably consistent with many texts from 2000 or more years ago, and (2) there are many notable differences, too. For Bible-thumpers who insist on the inerrancy and absolute completeness of the Bible, this is a problem. It is also a problem for the sneering skeptics who insist that the Bible was just fabricated by some priests or scholars in a given place or time.

    October 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
    • Moo

      Most honest, thoughtful and non-offensive post on here.

      Kudos 🙂

      October 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
    • Raison

      @Dave

      You begin with "The Dead Sea Scrolls show that" and go on from there. What have they shown, exactly? Did you even read the article? Have you read the scrolls already? Could you impart your great wisdom upon us unworthy and "sneering" people so that we may also be enlightened, O great one? (sarcasm)
      You've evidently been counting on the scrolls to "validate" your beliefs all these years. Is your "faith" that weak?

      October 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  8. HeisGod

    Glory to the Lord Almighty!!!!!

    May the Lord manifest His Spirit unto us that we may see that He is God all by Himself!

    October 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
    • lorne

      ya forgot to throw in a hallelujah or two.

      October 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
    • HeisGod

      HALLELUJAH, PRAISE YOU LORD, HALLELUJAH, FOR YOU ARE AWESOME!!

      October 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  9. capnmike

    There is a dogma for every dog................................

    October 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  10. Mr. T. Bag

    And the biggest shocker:

    The texts do in fact refer to the "Aqua Buddha".

    October 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  11. Meh

    I can't believe they haven't been digitized already. Anyway, maybe when people can read them themselves, they can find out that the bible, and the dogma from their Christian Church leaders, have been the made up lies of greedy and power hungry men.

    Maybe, Christians will actually act like Jesus now.

    October 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
    • jamc

      Sure buddy, on the meantime you will stay poor and hungry, while others drink the wine and oil pouring out from these rhemas.

      October 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
    • Jake

      They should have been digitized years ago, I agree. i hope that copy of them shows up the the Library in Alexandria, Egypt in the near future.

      "I have no problem with God, Allah, or any other deity that one believes in.....The only problem I have is with their fans"

      October 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  12. Jesus

    For anyone interested in researching the history of the Bible, this is essential information. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Sinai tablets put to rest any similarities that are believed by some to exist between what is now the King James version and what existed as the Bible way back in the time Jesus supposedly lived. Two Councils of Nicea voted to drastically change, delete, and add to what some call "the word of God'. They did so by a vote in 330 AD and 760 AD. The stories contained in today's Bible were simply retreads of the tale of Horus, Mithra, and Krishna (Gods with nthe very same pedigree as Jesus--born of a virgin and God, rose from the dead, etc.). One day educated people (there are many) will speak up and finally put to rest this last vestige of gross ignorance.

    October 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
    • Neverdothis

      there was nothing historically accurate about what you just said

      October 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
    • Doggnutts

      @neverdothis- He's actually right. The story of jesus is recycled. Christianity isn't the first to believe in immaculate conception and resurrection theory.

      October 19, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
    • Snackbarfilms

      There was nothing even remotely accurate in this statement. The great Isaiah scroll is the same text that is available in the Bible today. But what's even more interesting is Deuteronomy Chapter 28. The history of the Jews encapsulated in a chapter of scripture. BEFORE it happened. The Bible is true. Period.

      October 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
    • SurelyUjest

      @ never do this – well you said it so I guess it must be so!!! Come on the Nicean council's politically set the landscape for what would be and wouldn't be in the Bible. The bible is an old book yes it has some good knowledge about behaviors of an oppressed and slowly disintegrating jewish tribes. The book is trying to bring them together in a common bond through stories of their collective "anscestors" and shared history (though streched in some cases). The X-tians were saved from the lions by claiming to be a sect of Judaism which was accepted by the Romans as a known religion rather than a cult. The old testament has almost nothing to do with the message of Jesus other than the fact that Jesus had to address that understanding to show where he thought mankind could go spiritually. Now either wake up and move forward or cling to the old writings of a dying religion.

      October 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
    • SurelyUjest

      No I must agree with Jesus the stories including the flood are all recycled stories from polytheist religions that existed in that geographical area. Many of the stories just have the names changed from older text pre-dating Juddism by 2K years.

      October 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
    • Dan

      The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Sinai Manuscripts aka-Codex Siniaticus (you refer to them as "Sinai tablets"; they were parchments) do not "put to rest any similarities" between the King James version and todays Bible. Not only is your statement "todays Bible" a gross over generalization for your particular argument, but consider the fact that there are multiple translations in many different languages of the Bible. Would these be considered dissimilar?

      I challenge you to give me substantive differences between the books included in the KJV Bible and the Sinaitic Manuscript or Dead Sea Scrolls. If anything these two finds have enforced consistency between the earliest writings of the Gospels, which the early Christians used, and the current translations of the Bible in use today.

      As far as your staement on the councils of Nicea, it is a misconception to cede that the canon of the Bible was agreed upon during this meeting. As proof, the "Muratorian Fragment" is dated to the second century and is a list of accepted books of the Bible to early Christians. Check out christian-history.org/nicea-myths.html for more on the Nicea council.

      I highly suggest anyone interested in how we got the Bible to look into it using multiple sources and well researched books. It is actually quite reassuring to know that the Bible we have today has made it through so much and keeps its message clear. If you read the Bible you would understand that Jesus taught how people would attempt to distort his message.

      October 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
    • Dan

      As far as your assertion that the Bible is piggybacking on earlier texts. I think that would qualify as an assertion but not as proven. So as an inquiring mind, I would ask for irrefutable proof of this plagiarism by the authors of the Bible. Out of curiosity, what sources are you citing as proof? There are a few that make a claim, such as the "Bhagavad Gita" but the date of authorship requires some faith on its own. I think we could agree that if a source requires faith in its dating method then it probably cannot be given as irrefutable.

      The reason I feel like I would need this information is because the refutation of the Bible's authority is sometime spoken of as if it is "no big deal" . It is a big deal and if we only have refutable evidence as proof against it, than what is the point? Obviously if many people believe in it, and a some assert, based on unsound evidence, that it is not true, then wouldnt the consensus' beliefs have the right to exist if it cannot be empirically refuted ? I think the Bible and God's message should be given a fair chance. If anyone thinks that the Bible is false, wrong, or plagiarized do your own research like I mentioned before. If one accepts the Bible's authority it opens up its message and may help someone reading this comment section and save more than their life. God loves you and gave us his inspired word to communicate his message. Have an open mind!

      October 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
    • everykneewillbow

      your references to the council of nicea are incorrect...some basic fact checking on your part would lead you to a different and more accurate reconsideration of historic fact... in short you have faith in the information provided by your sources...perhaps a college professor, shirley macclaine's out on a limb, voltaire's dictionarre philosophique, or maybe you have watched the davinci code a few times too many. you believe what you read on the internet, what you were taught in college. you have information. you have faith in that information. do not mistake your information for knowledge, and do not misplace your faith in your information unless it can be fully experienced as knowledge.

      October 19, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
    • Zeit-Geist

      wow
      the truth finally straight from the mouth of Jesus
      btw Jesus why dont you appear by name anywhere in these scrolls?

      October 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
    • StAug73

      Very wrong. And not a word about "Jesus" was written until at least 60 years after his death (if he did indeed exist).

      October 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Dan

      Hi Dan... I believe we have been in discussion before on other issues...

      I am curious..... As it seems to me, from reading your postings, that you are doing a lot to attempt to 'refute' what would be considered as credible sources. And of course, I am sure that you would attempt to respond with what you would consider credible sources.

      So, just to be 'neutral' on this issue of plagiarism, rightness/wrongness of the bible etc... If, given that there does seem to legitimate disputes pro and con as to the bible and it's accuracy, etc.... then it would follow that we would should, for the sake of intellectual honesty in this discussion, not assert fact, but realize that you are stating your 'beliefs' about the bible.

      While understanding that your 'beliefs' may end up being validated at some point.... for the record, we certainly can both agree that 'beliefs' do not = *facts* or *absolute truth.*

      Because, it seems you are not necessarily trying to 'understand' but, 'validate' your already pre-existing unquestioned assumptions about the bible. As you said at the very end of your post....."God loves you and gave us 'his inspired word' to communicate 'his' message."

      Respectfully, I may be wrong here, however again, it seems that you are already asserting your opinions or beliefs as facts, just given the *inferences* from just the one statement I quoted above.

      What about all of the 'other' religions and their 'holy inspired by God' texts. Are they wrong...? And how would you know...?

      Again, very interested in hearing your opinions....

      Peace...

      October 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
    • ourGodisLove

      well this goes to everyone believers or non-believers,l I just want to add something and think about it...:
      Read the whole book of Jude and Revelations ,plus read revelations ch.22:18
      take the challenge to read the bible for a month, meditate in God ,pray and look for him and after the month think about yourself and what you learned then take your decision but remember if you take the decision to not follow God,when God comes 'cause he will and its soon, you will end up in hell and after you go to hell there is no way back you will suffer pain like no other and will never rest for eternity because hell is the TOTAL absence of God, instead of spending eternity in heaven giving him praise in a place like no other where there will be no pain or suffering.The streets are made of gold but this will not compare at all to his love. and "whoever does not love does not know God ,because God is love." 1 john 4:8

      October 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
    • Truthspeak

      John the Baptist was mithraic, which was the pre-existing and closest rival to early Christianity. Yadda yadda yadda . . .compromises were made and Christmas is celebrated instead of mid-winters festival of Mithras. The Christmas tree is a remnant of tree worship. Jesus was actually born Aug. 21 7BC.

      October 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
    • Dan

      @Peace2All

      Thank you for your well written response. Sadly, I dont really get into the CNN comment sections too much so please take my comments as separate from the other Dan around here. I guess its my own fault for using such a common name.

      Ill try respond to your statements without making this too long as I think you would agree... it could turn into a long philosophical debate if were not careful.

      In short, I felt like defending one's ability to believe what they believe without destroying *valid* beliefs of others. I felt the *valid* aspect needed to be defended for Christianity as it was the one being attacked. I did not intend to necessarily prove" Christianity, but rather prove it as a valid position.

      I felt that expressing the message of the Bible at the end of my comment was acceptable as the original post was written in order to disprove Christianity through historical validity and since I was taking the position in defense, that it was a fair and equal response. I agree that the comment immediately places me in a biased position but I attempted to use non biased evidence in everything else.

      I know it is not an easy task, but, if you are not familiar with the evidence I gave, it does provide validity to Christianity that corrects the misinformation made by the original post. Much of it is actually the same evidence however the original post simply did not represent it correctly. As an example to show how unacademic/inaccurate the original post is, I believe that much of the argument was taken from the Davinci Code, which the author will tell you isnt how it really happened

      Thanks for the response, you are obviously able to think critically about an issue. If you haven't looked at the link I mentioned it is a good place to look for sources and evidence.

      October 19, 2010 at 8:09 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Dan

      Thank you for your thoughtful response as well.

      I understand a bit more about your intentions, and why you polarized a bit in response to the original post.

      1)Maybe I missed your 'link'...? If you get a chance, and happen to reply to this, if you would re-post your 'link' that would be great. I will check it out, if I don't find it in your post in the meantime.

      2)Yes... there is another Dan; probably several that post here. I have been used to discourse with one of them.... and now very confused... Who's on first..? You might want to consider a more 'distinct' moniker that will allow us to know 'you' so we know which Dan we are speaking with... Just a thought.

      However, if you are 'new' Dan to these blogs... Nice to meet you..!

      Peace...

      October 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Dan

      I saw it... christianhistory.org..etc....

      Thanks...

      October 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
    • Normon

      Is this that scroll about GilJesusesh?

      October 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  13. Tyler Durden the Narrator

    one day thousands of years from now, people will pick up a spiderman comic, see new york city actually existed, and believe we had real superheroes in our time.

    October 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
    • jojoMojo

      Don't be sacrilegious. I make regular sacrifices to our saviour, Lord Green Lantern.

      October 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
    • uncommonsense

      agree...

      October 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
    • jamc

      Go home and leave your ignorance there

      October 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
    • melski

      LOL. or go home and get your sense of humor. why can't christians laugh at themselves when they openly laugh at everyone else?

      October 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
    • TYRANNASAURUS

      GO TYLER GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      October 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
    • Origin1859

      hahahhaha so true.

      October 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
    • inthegrae

      Plagiarism! lol

      October 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
    • NotYou

      And then they are going to go under the sea to look for the pineapple house and the sponge that used to live in it ..... they might get lucky by finding a bunch of squidwards! jajajajja ...

      October 19, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
    • wave junkie

      Exactly!!! This kind of stuff is actually damaging the state of honesty in the world. God, Ghosts, Souls, Demons... all on equal grounds with Alice in Wonderland, yet bible beaters are so intoxicated by religion that they can't understand this simple fact.

      October 20, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  14. noel

    Christ is risen, Christ is risen INDEED!!!

    October 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
    • capnmike

      nonsense

      October 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
    • lorne

      don't you mean christ has risen? where has he risen to? is he coming back? sounds like a lot of hot air to me.

      October 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @noel

      I could be wrong here.... But, I am not aware of 'any' mention in the Dead Sea Scrolls of someone called Jesus. Am I wrong in that...?

      If I am right..... I am not sure how that means 'Jesus is risen'....?

      I 'believe' they are the writings of the fundamentally strict and nomades-The Essenes.

      October 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
    • TYRANNASAURUS

      I THINK YOU'RE CORRECT PEACE................. I'VE NEVER FOUND JESUS MENTIONED ANYWHERE IN HISTORY.... EXCEPT IN THE BIBLE WHICH IS NOT HISTORY IN ANY STRETCH OF THE WORD.

      October 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
    • Jarrod

      The Dead Sea scrolls don't mention this Jesus figure anywhere in them. He was footnote in Jewish History that has been long forgotten about until some Christianity shoves him in your face.

      October 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @TYRANNASAURAS & @Jarrod

      Thank you for your confirmation as to what I had understood regarding the Dead Sea Scrolls. I wasn't quite sure...

      Thanks again...

      October 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
    • Jake

      He has risen!

      October 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
    • MikeTX

      TYRANNASAURUS: You are wrong. There are over 200 references to Jesus that are not in the Bible, primarily Greek and Roman works.

      October 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
    • Truthspeak

      There are also writings in India about his travels. Also the Koran mentions Jesus more than it does the Prophet Mohammed. Just saying

      October 19, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Truthspeak

      I am interested in your source of the alleged travels of Jesus in India....?

      Also, in terms of Jesus being mentioned in the Qur'an, you must consider that Muhammad came along approximately 600 to 700 years 'after' the time of Jesus. The Bible, while not being in its totally finished product as it is today, would have been cited as a source by them (the literal translators and writers of the Qur'an, which was written even later).

      So, not much for proof, in terms of your 2 references, however, I am interested in exploring the writings of whoever you are citing that talked of 'Jesus' traveling to India.

      Thank you...

      October 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm |
  15. tom

    @bailoutsos God is Love...

    October 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  16. Mick

    The Human Instrumentality Project begins. (Total geek reference, I know)

    October 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
    • Justin

      Awsome eva referance!!!

      October 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
    • Jace

      You sir, have made my day!

      October 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
    • alatnet

      God is in his heaven, all is right with the world.

      October 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
    • Tommy TT

      My poor Krell!

      October 19, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  17. EternalBliss

    Awesome....

    October 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  18. bailoutsos

    They will find out they are just romance novels of the period.

    October 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
    • EternalBliss

      Life ...Existence..itself is after all nothing more then a Love Affair .. no..

      October 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
    • Agentprime

      I bet you are right, as in a connection to when the found a mysterious stone wheel inscribed with markings it could have been a B.C. kid.

      October 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
    • Jake

      Your intelligence level is showing... don't you know anything about the Dead Sea Scrolls... it's the proof you all have been whining about!

      October 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
    • Origin1859

      PROOF?

      ahahahhaha. Proof that all religions were created by man maybe. Proof that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam were all the same thing until politics of the day got in the way. Proof that religion is a sham.

      October 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  19. Peter F

    This is so cool. I'm learning Hebrew right now, so getting to see the text itself one day would be fantastic!

    October 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
    • Rhonda

      I want to learn Hebrew! 🙂

      October 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
    • A R

      You won't really be able to read them. It's an earlier version of hebrew, and many of the letters aren't so recognizable unless you're fluent in that specific script. What would really be useful is if they would put the modern hebrew transliteration next to it.

      October 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
    • Peter F

      I'm learning ancient Hebrew, though. I'm sure there are parts of it I would be able to recognize.

      October 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  20. john g

    will it be all of them I hope .I learned about these as a child from my parnets and hpe to pass more on to the children I my life .

    October 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
    • SurelyUjest

      Chances are it will not be the entire scrolls some that suggest serious issues with Judiasm and X-tian relationships and practices will be "kept safe" from real scrutiny. Back in 1949-51 the original person designated to work on them was "removed from the work" when he found critical evidence towards current judiasm practices. We don't really need to question our religions do we?

      October 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
    • Aramaic

      RangerDos
      Practice what you preach!

      October 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
    • ireadthat

      to SureUJest, reading your blogs is proof that even idiots have access to the internet.

      October 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
    • MikeTX

      SurelyUjest: Cite your sources for your claim. I have never heard any of that. Be prepared to back up your claims, otherwise you are just another conspiracy theorist, looking to inflame people with no proof.

      October 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
    • ramrod

      huh?

      October 19, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @surelyUjest

      Yes, please cite your source.... I am 'very' interested in this.

      October 19, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
    • asdf

      Conspiracies aside the fact you can't argue is that the Jews hid this treasure from the world for decades. They only let people see once somebody finally released copies of photographs taken of the scrolls. At least it looks like they are finally starting to atone for their sins by spending several millions to get the information out there. Thinking you own information that belongs to humanity is such a 21st century virtual land rush fail.

      October 19, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
    • Whuut

      I'd have to agree with the citing sources comments considering 90% of the scrolls were found in 1952, after you say this cover-up happened.. For those interested, wikipedia is a nice place to start, if ony for the citations and references it gives.

      October 19, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
    • Steven Sanders

      The Lost Dead Sea Scrolls,,,
      Can they really help us? If so,how? I dought it,these Scrolls have already been read by the Atheion`s,whose city went under water...none the less the scrolls have already searved their purpose here,a long time ago...

      October 19, 2010 at 9:52 pm |
    • ikantraed

      Does it come with picture so most of us can understand what it means?

      October 20, 2010 at 5:22 am |
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