A recent article published by National Geographic announced that Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) are partnering up to scan the Dead Sea Scrolls with specially designed low impact “high-resolution multispectral imaging equipment,” and make the scrolls available online for free. The Dead Sea Scrolls hold some of the highest religious and historical value in the world.
The scrolls are written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek and are dated between 150 B.C. and 70 A.D. In them are nearly every book from the Old Testament and some books that were not included in the original canon. The IAA is taking on this project because they want to preserve the delicate parchment and papyrus that the scrolls are written on and general director, Shuka Dorfman, says that it provides a link to the past for future generations.