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New Project to Piece Together Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments

fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls being pieced together Israel Antiquities Authority

The Dead Sea Scrolls, a set of ancient Hebrew scrolls containing some of the oldest known copies of biblical texts, shed a lot of light on biblical history when they were discovered in 1947. But many of the scrolls have remained in fragments . . . until now.

Israel on Tuesday announced an ambitious new project aimed at finally piecing together some of the thousands of fragments of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls that have mystified experts since their discovery in the 1940s and 1950s.

The $1.75 million project aims to utilize the latest digital tools to help researchers identify connections between fragments, the Israel Antiquities Authority said. It also involves unprecedented cooperation between key scholars, computer science experts, and archives in Israel and overseas.

Ultimately, said the IAA, the aim is to publish a new generation of digital editions of the Dead Sea Scrolls, “rich in information and updatable” on the basis of the evolving research and technical advances.

Peruse the current collection of digitized Dead Sea Scrolls.

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