Monday, September 26, 2011

Dead Sea Scrolls Online!

Google and the Israel Museum have finally put the first five Dead Sea Scrolls online here for viewing with very high definition photographs. The Great Isaiah Scroll, the Community Rule Scroll, the Commentary on Habakkuk Scroll, the Temple Scroll, and the War Scroll are the first to be published, and we eagerly look forward to seeing more manuscripts.


  1. Drew, this is really really cool! I can now view the Isaiah Scroll whenever I want to from my own desk! Thanks for this very informative post!

  2. I have not yet been able to determine if a DSS version of Zechariah 14:5 exists. Do you know? If it exists, I am very curious to see if it supports the Masoretic or LXX rendering.

    Btw, since you are interested in OT textual criticism, the study at proves that the LXX version is the correct translation.

  3. Eugene Ulrich does not list any DSS texts on Zech 14:5 in his "The Biblical Qumran Scrolls." I know the Greek Minor Prophets scroll from Nahal Hever does have some of Zechariah, but I don't think it has 14:5.