Google helps put Dead Sea Scrolls online
The texts are generally written on papyrus or parchment, and in many cases only small fragments remain.
Scrolls available for viewing online are:
The Temple Scroll: lays out plans for the construction and operation of the Temple. Written on thin animal skin.
The War Scroll: one of the first scrolls to be found. The War Scroll outlines an end of days time where the the archangel Michael leads the “Sons of Light” against the “Sons of Darkness”.
The Community Rule Scroll: also known as the manual of discipline, the scroll outlines a comprehensive guide for the “community”, whose identity remains uncertain, although is believed to be the Jewish sect the Essenes.
The Great Isaiah Scroll: the best preserved of all the biblical scrolls, it contains a Hebrew version of the book of Isaiah.
The Commentary of Habakkuk Scroll: interprets the first two chapters of the book of Habakkuk.
Google has assisted in digitising a large number of historical documents, including the Art Project, which brings together high resolution versions of may classing paintings from galleries around the world.
It has also created Google Earth tours of Spain’s Prado Museum, and digitised documents from the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum.