Dead Sea Scrolls digitisation to be led by King's College London


Dead Sea Scrolls digitisation to be led by King's College London

Karl Flinders

The Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London is leading a team to digitise the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The scrolls, which were written or copied in the Land of Israel between 250 BC and 68 AD, were rediscovered in 1947 in the Judean Desert.

The Scrolls represent the oldest written record of the Old Testament, and contain the earliest copies of every book of the Bible. Since the more than 15,000 Scroll fragments were photographed only once, in the 1950s, the Israel Antiquities Authority has convened an international committee of experts, led by Simon Tanner, to digitise the Scrolls for the web.

Tanner said, "I have worked on more than 450 digitisation projects and the Dead Sea Scrolls is the most intriguing, and amongst the most technically challenging, that I have faced."

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