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Dead Sea Scrolls Now Available Online

File photo. Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It took 2,000 years, but the Dead Sea Scrolls have finally entered the digital age. Monday, for the first time, some of the scrolls are available online thanks to a partnership between Google and Israel’s national museum.

Five of the most important scrolls can now be seen in high-resolution on the Internet. Users can zoom in and out, translate passages to English and access supplemental material.

The scrolls were written from about 200 B.C. to 70 A.D. and, according to Jeffrey L. Rubenstein, professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at New York University, they offer an unrivaled look at the time after the biblical books were penned and before the Christian texts and documents of rabbinic Judaism were written.

“The Dead Sea Scrolls help us fill in this two- to three-century gap to help us understand what religious developments took place,” said Rubenstein. “We see changes among different groups as they wrestle with powerful cultural and political forces....These changes help us understand where monotheistic traditions in the west came from.”

Custodians of the scrolls had been criticized for only allowing select groups of scholars access to them.

The original scrolls are located in a specially designed vault in Jerusalem that requires multiple keys, a magnetic card and a secret code to open.

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Ancient Dead Sea Scrolls Soon Available Through Google

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Want to see the Dead Sea Scrolls? Soon you'll be able to Google them.

The California-based internet-search giant is partnering up with the Israel Antiquities Authority to digitize the entire collection of the ancient scrolls, widely considered one of the greatest archeological finds of all time.

The public will be able to access over 30,000 manuscript fragments that date back to the first century, fragments that have significantly contributed to the study of Judaism during Hellenistic times and early Christianity.

English translations will be provided.

Israeli officials say the spectral and infrared technology used to scan the scrolls will make them look as good online as in person.

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