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Dead Sea Scrolls fragments go online

Dead Sea Scrolls fragments go online
Dec 18, 2012
 A new website makes the ‘ultimate puzzle’ of biblical scholarship accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.
Thousands of fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls went online with the launch of a new website by Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority,
part of a move to make the famed manuscripts easily available to scholars and casual web surfers.

The website provides access to high-resolution images of the famous scrolls, which were written 2,000 years ago
and first discovered at Qumran, on the Dead Sea shore, in the 1940s.

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is in the process of photographing the thousands of fragments in its possession,
pieces of an estimated 900 different manuscripts, using special imaging equipment first developed for NASA.
The hi-tech cameras have rendered visible sections of parchment that were previously indecipherable.

A team at Tel Aviv University is using the new images to try to piece together fragments into larger sections
which might yield new information about the content of some of the scrolls.
For scholars, the fragments are the ultimate puzzle.

The scrolls, thought to have been written or collected by Jews who left Jerusalem for the desert
in the time of the Second Temple two millennia ago, were one of the great archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.
They shed important light on ancient Judaism, the birth of Christianity, and the evolution of the Bible.

Google is involved in the project as part of a broader effort to preserve world cultural heritage online.
In 2011, the US web giant helped make material from the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial available on the web,
and has carried out similar projects at Madrid’s Prado Museum and at several national libraries in Europe.

On the new Dead Sea Scrolls site, surfers can search for phrases in Hebrew or English and find fragments that match,
sort the fragments according to the Qumran caves where each was originally found, and view those locations on Google Maps.

This is part of Google’s mission - to make all of the world’s information available and usable.
He suggested that scholars and amateur Dead Sea Scrolls enthusiasts might be able to glean new information about the manuscripts by using the site to decipher and match scroll fragments.


Honestly, I don't know what to make of it - however, from what I've read, they are 20th century finds? They're using the help of NASA?

I dunno, but this sounds rather suspect if you ask me, just looking at the fruits of it. NASA runs Project Blue Beam, and PBB's agenda is to slowly discredit Christianity by making these "discoveries" all over the globe(after "earthquakes" happen) to discredit Christianity(as well as putting out films like "Jurassic Park" and "Independence Day" to condition the masses), and to help usher in this OWG.

Bible fragment posted online
Dec 22, 2012
Cambridge digitized a fragment of the Bible containing the Ten Commandments, part of the Shema prayer.
The University of Cambridge posted online thousands of pages from fragile religious manuscripts earlier this month.

One of the documents scanned and uploaded to the Cambridge Digital Library is the Nash Papyrus,
a 2,000-year-old fragment containing the Ten Commandments and part of the Shema prayer discovered in Egypt in the late 19th century.
It is the worlds second oldest known manuscript containing a text from the Hebrew Bible. The oldest are the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Ten Commandments are found in Exodus 20
Shema prayer  -  Hear O Israel!  The Lord our GOD is ONE! Deuteronomy 6
Those who KNOW the LORD will know if these are genuine or a fake.

I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the 7 seals.
Revelation 6:1

Priceless Christian relics
March 30, 2011   Ancient Books Uncovered in Jordan May Date to Start of Christianity

One of the largest and best-preserved collections of ancient sealed books has been discovered in a cave in Jordan and are believed to be some of the earliest Christian documents,
according to the BBC.  The 70 tiny books could date back to the first century. Carbon dating tests found that a piece of leather found with the scrolls was over 2000 years old.
Experts say the books, made of lead and copper and bound by rings, may be more significant than the Dead Sea Scrolls

Jordan battles to regain priceless Christian relics
They could be the earliest Christian writing in existence, surviving almost 2,000 years in a Jordanian cave. They could, just possibly, change our understanding of how Jesus was crucified and resurrected, and how Christianity was born.

Could lead codices prove the major discovery of Christian history?
British archaeologists are seeking to authenticate what could be a landmark discovery in the documentation of early Christianity: a trove of 70 lead codices that appear to date from the 1st century CE, which may include key clues to the last days of Jesus' life. As UK Daily Mail reporter Fiona Macrae writes, some researchers are suggesting this could be the most significant find in Christian archeology since the Dead Sea scrolls in 1947.

The codices turned up five years ago in a remote cave in eastern Jordan—a region where early Christian believers may have fled after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE. The codices are made up of wirebound individual pages, each roughly the size of a credit card. They contain a number of images and textual allusions to the Messiah, as well as some possible references to the crucifixion and resurrection. Some of the codices were sealed, prompting yet more breathless speculation that they could include the sealed book, shown only to the Messiah, mentioned in the Book of Revelation. One of the few sentences translated thus far from the texts, according to the BBC, reads, "I shall walk uprightly"--a phrase that also appears in Revelation. "While it could be simply a sentiment common in Judaism," BBC writer Robert Pigott notes, "it could here be designed to refer to the resurrection."

But the field of biblical archaeology is also prey to plenty of hoaxes and enterprising fraudsters, so investigators are proceeding with due empirical caution. Initial metallurgical research indicates that the codices are about 2,000 years old--based on the manner of corrosion they have undergone, which, as Macrae writes, "experts believe would be impossible to achieve artificially."

Beyond the initial dating tests, however, little is confirmed about the codices or what they contain. And the saga of their discovery has already touched off a battle over ownership rights between Israel and Jordan. As the BBC's Pigott recounts, the cache surfaced when a Jordanian Bedouin saw a menorah—the Jewish religious candleabra—exposed in the wake of a flash flood. But the codices somehow passed into the ownership of an Israeli Bedouin named Hassam Saeda, who claims that they have been in his family's possession for the past 100 years. The Jordanian government has pledged to "exert all efforts at every level" to get the potentially priceless relics returned, Pigott reports.

Meanwhile, biblical scholars who have examined the codices point to significant textual evidence suggesting their early Christian origin. Philip Davies, emeritus professor of Old Testament Studies at Sheffield University, told Pigott he was "dumbstruck" at the sight of plates representing a picture map of ancient Jerusalem. "There is a cross in the foreground, and behind it is what has to be the tomb [of Jesus], a small building with an opening, and behind that the walls of the city," Davies explained. "There are walls depicted on other pages of these books, too, and they almost certainly refer to Jerusalem."

David Elkington, an ancient religion scholar who heads the British research team investigating the find, has likewise pronounced this nothing less than "the major discovery of Christian history." Elkington told the Daily Mail that "it is a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held by the early saints of the Church."

Still, other students of early Christian history are urging caution, citing precedents such as the debunked discovery of an ossuary said to contain Jesus' bones. New Testament scholar Larry Hurtado observes that since these codices are miniature, they were likely intended for private, rather than liturgical, use. This would likely place their date of origin closer to the 3rd century CE. But only further research and full translation of the codices can fully confirm the nature of the find. The larger lesson here is likely that of Eccliastes 3:1—be patient, since "to everything there is a season."
(David Elkington/Rex Features/Rex USA)

Artifact found in YEMEN

9 tiny unopened Dead Sea Scrolls uncovered in Jerusalem
Mar 13, 2014
Researcher finds tantalizing tefillin parchments from Second Temple era, overlooked for decades and unread for 2,000 years
The size of lentils, but size doesn’t minimize the potential significance of nine newfound Dead Sea Scrolls that have lain unopened for the better part of six decades.

An Israeli scholar turned up the previously unexamined parchments, which had escaped the notice of academics and archaeologists as they focused on their other extraordinary finds in the 1950s. Once opened, the minuscule phylactery parchments from Qumran, while unlikely to yield any shattering historic, linguistic or religious breakthroughs, could shed new light on the religious practices of Second Temple Judaism.

The Israel Antiquities Authority has been tasked with unraveling and preserving the new discoveries — an acutely sensitive process and one which the IAA says it will conduct painstakingly, and only after conducting considerable preparatory research.

Phylacteries, known in Judaism by the Hebrew term tefillin, are pairs of leather cases containing biblical passages from the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. One case is bound by leather thongs to the head and one to the arm during morning prayers, as prescribed by rabbinic interpretation of the Bible. The case worn on the head contains four scrolls in individual compartments, while the arm phylactery holds one scroll.
t the cache of scrolls and religious objects from the caves at Qumran date from the second and first centuries BCE and first century CE — a critical time in the development of Judaism and early Christianity.

Like many of the finds at Qumran, some of the tefillin slips that have previously been opened have yielded astonishing differences from the standard Rabbinic text known as the Masoretic.

Making it accessible and useful is one of the reasons why Google and Israel Museum allowed an access of the Dead Sea Scroll and other ancient discoveries via internet. It was believed that these artifacts are among the best-known and most essential old documents discovered in years. Source of article: Digitized Dead Sea Scrolls providing worldwide access Forum Index -> ISRAEL and MidEast NEWS
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