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Google launches Dead Sea Scrolls library

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  • Israeli authorities say they have put 5,000 fragments of the ancient Dead Sea scrolls online in a partnership with Google.

      Israeli authorities say they have put 5,000 fragments of the ancient Dead Sea scrolls online in a partnership with Google.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli authorities say they have put 5,000 fragments of the ancient Dead Sea scrolls online in a partnership with Google.

The digital library launched on Tuesday, with important texts like the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the Ten Commandments, and a portion of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century B.C.

It is part of a broader attempt by the custodians of the celebrated manuscripts -- who were once criticized for allowing them to be monopolized by small circles of scholars -- to make them broadly available.

Shuka Dorman, director of the Israel Antiquities Authority says: "Now, everyone can touch the stroll on-screen around the globe," says

Last year, Google also partnered with the Israel Museum to put five scrolls online.

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Online: www.deadseascrolls.org.il

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