Ancient Dead Sea scrolls to go online

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli and American scientists are bringing the oldest known version of the Hebrew Bible into the 21st century. They're digitally reproducing the Dead Sea Scrolls online.

The ancient manuscripts containing almost the entire Hebrew Bible date back more than 2,000 years. They are widely considered to be one of the most important archaeological finds ever. They were discovered accidentally by a Bedouin shepherd looking for a stray sheep in 1947.

The Israeli Antiquities Authority said Wednesday that reproducing the thousands of scroll fragments will take about five years.

Special imaging cameras are being used to record the priceless manuscripts without damaging them.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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