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Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority
A Very Modern Home for Some Very Old Manuscripts January 10, 2013
The legend goes something like this: in 1946, a Bedouin boy went searching for a lost goat and stumbled into a cave, where he found ancient, tattered pieces of parchment. It turns out they were part of a treasure trove of manuscripts containing the Hebrew Bible and other Jewish documents, all penned some 2000 years ago.

For the last several decades, the Dead Sea Scrolls have lived very sheltered lives, but now anyone with an Internet connection can view them in stunning, hi-resolution detail.

Risa Levitt Kohn, professor at San Diego State University
Jodi Magness, professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Check out the Dead Sea Scrolls online for yourself! Zoom in close enough to see the texture of the parchment or even the brush strokes of a single letter.