The IAA in collaboration with the universities of tel Aviv, göttingen and Haifa began implementing a large-scale project on creation of «digital laboratory» to work with one of the major archaeological finds of the twentieth century – the Dead sea Scrolls.
Latest technologies are designed not just to facilitate the work with documents whose age is 2,000 years. They will make a substantial leap in the study of the dead sea scrolls, restore the mosaic, fragments of which – the scraps of ancient manuscripts.
Researchers will have direct access to the database «Dictionary of the Dead sea scrolls», developed at the University of Gottingen and reference library the dead sea scrolls named after Leon levy, operating under the Management of antiquities.
As reports a press-Management service, the aim of the project is to create a dynamic working environment that will allow experts around the world to conduct joint research. It is also intended to become a new arena for publication of scientific works and the creation of modern translations of the scrolls.
The project cost is estimated at € 1.6 million. Source of funding – Joint German-Israeli research Foundation (DIP) .
We will remind: the first seven Dead sea scrolls were discovered in 1947 by Bedouins in the Qumran caves. From dealers in antiquities they got to the researchers, who immediately appreciated the importance of the findings.
During the fifties and sixties of the twentieth century on the West coast of the Dead sea, archaeologists discovered thousands of fragments of scrolls, which talk about the life that existed here, the Essene community for three centuries.
The period from the Second century BC to the First century BC was perhaps the most dramatic in Jewish history. The creation and loss of their own state, the destruction of the Second Temple, the rise of Christianity were for that period of time. Manuscripts are not equal to the source on this period.
The scrolls, most of which were written in Hebrew, contain biblical texts, including the Apocrypha, as well as the literature of the Qumran community, telling about the inner workings of the community and spiritual quest of its members.
Of particular interest are the so-called Temple scroll, in which the first person gives the instructions of the Almighty to his people, and the Scroll of the war of the sons of light with sons of darkness, bearing an apocalyptic nature, however, ending with the victory of the righteous.