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Digital Images Collections
In past generations, students and scholars of the Dead Sea Scrolls have had very limited access to the scrolls. Now, however, many of the scrolls are freely available to the public and can be viewed in high-quality images online. The two sites below represent some of the best in Dead Sea Scrolls digital imagery and are invaluable resources for both the new student and seasoned scholar of the DSS.
The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls
The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls allows users to explore high-resolution images of five scrolls found at Qumran: Great Isaiah Scroll (IQIsaa), Temple Scroll (11Q19), War Scroll (1QM), The Community Rule (1QS), The Commentary on Habakkuk Scroll (1QpHab). Currently online translation is only available for the Great Isaiah Scroll. In addition to viewing images, users can use this site to learn more about the background and content of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library
Together the Israel Antiquities Authority and Google have created an extensive and fully-searchable database of 930 manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Users can browse the Scrolls by Site, Language, and Content. Searches may be further refined by Site, Script Language, Composition Type, Period, and Manuscript Type. Note: Most of the images are from the 1950s archive, though some new high-definition spectral images are available as well. In addition to viewing images, users can use this site to learn more about the background and content of the Dead Sea Scrolls.