"A little over a year ago, we helped put online
> five manuscripts of the Dead Sea
Scrolls-ancient documents that include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence. Written more than 2,000 years
ago on pieces of parchment and papyrus, they were preserved by the hot, dry desert climate and the darkness of the caves
in which they were hidden. The Scrolls are possibly the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century.
Today, we're helping put more of these ancient treasures online. The Israel Antiquities Authority is launching the Leon
Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library <http://www.deadseascrolls.org.il/
> , an online collection of some 5,000 images of
scroll fragments, at a quality never seen before. The texts include one of the earliest known copies of the Book of
Deuteronomy, which includes the Ten Commandments
> ; part of Chapter 1 of the Book of
> , which describes the creation of the
world; and hundreds more 2,000-year-old texts, shedding light on the time when Jesus lived and preached, and on the
history of Judaism."
David Inglis, Lafayette, CA, 94549, USA
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